Duane Bennett, a sophomore running back who had strong efforts in the Gophers' wins over Northern…
Duane Bennett Ready For Big Sophomore Year
Bennett said that the team is ready to get over the disappointment of the 2007 season, when they went 1-11.
"We are not the team that we were last year," Bennett said. "We need to hit people in the mouth. I think that we are better than people think we are."
Bennett said that he is looking forward to the spring game.
"Players take advantage of the spring game to prove that they should play this fall," he said.
Bennett and R.J. Buckner are the only healthy running backs. The Gophers coaching staff will be mindful not to overwork the two, but they also want to get the running game to show signs that it can be counted on during the season. Bennett is not worried about getting overworked Friday.
"It is not a burden or hassle," he said. "We are going with the same mind set. We want to show that we can carry the ball 30, 35 or 40 times. I think it is good since it allows coaches to define the running game."
Bennett is hoping that an improved running game leads to an improved record this upcoming season.
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