Kill Previews Saturday's Game At Iowa

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Coach Kill met with the media today to preview this weekend's Iowa game. You can watch a few of his highlights above and read a few of them below as well. You can also read a transcript of his entire press conference here. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also met with the media today. You can read a transcript of his press conference here.

On his team so far this year...

"It's been a workman's effort.  It's gone to business each week.  That's what I hope to see today, bring your lunch pail and go to work every single day.

"To this point our players have come to work every single day.  They've come to work every single day and done what we've asked them to do.  If they continue it do that, we have a chance to be in some football games and have a chance to win.  If they don't, the results aren't near as good.  You don't get as lucky."

On the win against Syracuse...
"I thought we played more physical than we have since we have been here as a coaching staff.  No doubt about that, and I want to see more of that."

On injuries...

"MarQueis, we met with the training staff today and he's working to get better, but I don't anticipate him playing.  Tommy Olson got banged up and he's a big question mark for this week.  And Shabazz is still, we're hoping we can get him back off the off week." 

On Iowa's coach Ferentz...

"I think when I was at Southern Illinois I sent some coaches there, and you know, because throughout the country when you talk about people that run a great practice, he's always been known for running a tremendous practice.  And you know, when our guys came back, people said it's what you hear.  It's unbelievable.  The organization, the fundamentals, the technique that's coached at their school.  So that respect started a long time ago and has continued, and he's won a lot of football games."

On Iowa...

"They look just like Iowa always looks like.  Big, strong, physical, come downhill, hit you in the mouth.  Play good defense.  Keeps the ball in front of them.  They mix it up on you, and they are who they are.  They're very good, and we go to Iowa City to play on their turf.  So we have our work cut out for us, but we're looking forward to the challenge.

"We're not going to be able to miss two field goals.  We're not going to be able to have a touchdown pass called back or we're not going to win.  We have no room for error." 

On rivalry games...

"We talk from the day we come into two-a-day camp we talk about the rival games, every one of them.

"We don't approach anything differently, but we certainly talk about we're going to play a huge game.  

"I mean it's darn important to our fans.  It's darn important to our players.

"Believe me.  From the day I've walked in this door, our lettermen and people that have played through our history have visited with our kids about how important it is.

"It's important for our state as well as it is for Iowa."

On winning the turnover battle...
"You look at college football, the teams that win most times are the ones that have the plus columns in the turnovers.  If they don't turn it over and they get them.  I don't think there's any question that turnovers are a big key."

On his program...

"I think we've moved it forward for the period of time we've been here, but with that being said we're nowhere close to where we need to be.  Nowhere close."

On if he changes anything when preparing for a rivalry game...

"We haven't done anything different for the last 30 years of coaching.  I really hadn't changed a practice much since I coached at Webb City High School, believe it or not."

On the receiving corps...

"I think we gotta become more physical.  You become more physical at receiver, you get bigger plays and we had some runs in there that we could have busted out, and instead of being 10, 15 yard runs could be 40 yard runs.  So I challenged our receivers a little bit.  I said we're going to block better than we've been blocking."

On running back Donnell Kirkwood...

"He's worked hard.  I think Coach Klein will tell you he's put in all kinds of extra time of stretching and doing all the little things it takes to stay healthy.  So I give him all the credit.  And I think his mindset is good and he's playing with some confidence."

On his young safeties...

"They've got bigger and stronger.  They're smart.  They run fast.  They make plays."

"Those were good moves moving them to safety and how we recruited.  I mean we got lucky, I guess, but it's proved out to be pretty good because they're doing well, and plus we got two young safeties in there that haven't seen a lot of time." 

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