Kill: "I'm very pleased with the progress we are making."

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Fall Camp

Aug. 5: Practice Photo Gallery l Daily Clips

Near perfect conditions greeted the Gophers as they took the field for their second day or practice during fall camp. Under blue skies and 70-degree temperatures, coach Kill and his staff paced the 105-man roster through another quick-moving, two-hour practice.

Quarterback MarQueis Gray connected on some long touchdown strikes and converted linebacker James Manuel had a nice downfield interception as the practice wore down.

Just 24 hours from one practice to another, coach Kill said he was impressed with the team's second workout and could see progress.

"I am very pleased with the progress we are making," said Kill. "From Day 1 to Day 2 we certainly feel like that we made some strides, and we are getting a lot of people a lot of work. Athletically, I think we improved ourselves. It is fun to be out here and watch kids get better and better."

The goal during the first couple days of camp?

"We want to fundamentally get better," said Kill.  

One player who is trying to work his way back is redshirt junior linebacker Brendan Beal. The Bangor, Pa., native has not played for the Gophers since transferring from Florida. He sat out the 2010 season because of NCAA transfer rules and missed 2011 with an injury.

Coach Kill said he has liked what he has seen from Beal after two days.

"I think he has worked very hard," said Kill. "He moved around very well yesterday. I watched him on film and he did some good things. He has put a whole lot of work into it with the rehab and the things he has gone through, so you are certainly rooting for him. He has had a good two days.

"You always look for those kids. You hear special stories like that all the time. We certainly hope that he continues to progress and as he said, "Coach, I am knocking a little bit of that rust off," so he has done a good job."

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