From the Big Ten Media Days Minnesota Head Coach Tim Brewster

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Brewster's seat is hot hot hot in Minnesota.  Photo courtesy of Troy Benoit.

Brewster's seat is hot hot hot in Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Troy Benoit.

12 starters returning, 9 on offense

Excited to have Penn State make the trip to the Twin Cities to play Minn. this season.

We are bigger, faster, stronger than we’ve ever been. We need to be. We’re playing one of the most challenging schedules in America, and we need to be ready.

Adam Webber has had a great summer, especially coming off his injury.

The summer was a great summer for recruiting.

A Thank You to Larry Fitzgerald, bringing 30-40 NFL players coming to the Minnesota campus for Camp Fitzgerald to train for the upcoming season. He and James Lauranitus have been instrumental in helping the Minn. players to get better.

Traditional Rivalries: I have spoken to Jim Delany and the brass at Minnesota and told them that it is vital that the Gophers play Wisconsin and Iowa every year.

Losing the Texas series in 2015, and what happens now: We wanted to improve our strength of schedule. We will play a Top 5 schedule this year. There was great disappointment that Texas backed out, even with signed contracts. We could have helped them get what they needed to get, in terms of post-game video highlights. We are very close to replacing Texas with another marquee non-conference BCS opponent.

Slow ticket sales: We anticipate being sold out. We have done a great job reaching out to the students and trying to make the home stadium experience a great one. Our fans are excited by the teams we’re bringing in.

How settled is the roster?: Competition has helped a great deal in terms of making the 2 deep battles better. On a daily basis, you need to compete for your job. And if you take a day off, you might lose your job, and you might lose it for a long time. We’re young defensively, but we’re very talented. We will have competitive situations through the fall, but I think it sorted itself out for the most part in the Spring.