Mitch Leidner will lead a young group of QBs in 2014
David Cobb runs for 68 yards in 20-7 loss.
Minnesota had a pair of return touchdowns for the second week in a row.
Practices on Aug. 2, 3, 4 and 10 are free and open to the public
Minnesota will practice Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week
This Brick by Brick episode takes you behind the scenes of Minnesota's season opener vs. Eastern Illinois.
Episode 2 of Brick by Brick: Gopher Football 2014
Brick by Brick returns for 2014 with Episode 1: Back in Camp.
Jerry Kill met the media to talk about the 2014 recruiting class.
Watch the final episode of Brick by Brick.
Football in the Spring
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (USATSI)
USATSPI: Minnesota vs. Indiana - 11/02/13
Photos from the Gophers football game vs. San Jose State on Sept. 21, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium
Jerry Kill was named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program on December 7, 2010. He is in his fourth year at Minnesota and 21st overall of being a head college football coach in 2014. His career record is 147-95.
The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill's first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012. As custom with Kill and his staff, the third year at a school usually turns into a memorable season and 2013 was no different at Minnesota. The Gophers finished the season with an 8-5 record, giving Kill a 17-21 record as head coach at Minnesota. Kill was a combined 9-26 in his first year at Minnesota and at his previous two schools Northern Illinois (NIU) and Southern Illinois (SIU). In his third year, the schools produced a combined record of 28-9.
In 2013, the Gophers reached eight wins for the first time under Kill and for only the seventh time since 1960 and 18th time overall. In Kill's last two years, Minnesota has played 26 games and is 14-12 in those games. In their previous 26 games, the Gophers were 6-20.
Last year, Kill and his staff led Minnesota to four straight Big Ten wins for the first time since 1973 and ended a 16-game losing streak to Nebraska. Kill, who was named Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, has taken Minnesota to two consecutive bowl games.
Kill saw nine of his players earn postseason recognition by Big Ten coaches and media, and Minnesota had two first-team All-Big Ten selections in Ra'Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen. Hageman and Vereen were the first Gophers to receive that honor since 2009. Hageman was then drafted in the second round by Atlanta, while Vereen was a fourth-round selection by Chicago, as they became the first Minnesota players drafted since 2010.
Kill's rebuilding of the Minnesota program is also taking place in the classroom. The Gophers recorded a 994 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for both the 2012-13 season and the 2011-12 season. The 994 score is the highest single-season score that the Minnesota football team has ever recorded and the Gophers' multi-year rate of 962 is also a school record.
Kill came to Minnesota after spending three seasons on the sidelines at NIU. Kill led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure and also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game in 2010. Kill was 23-16 in his three seasons with the Huskies.
At NIU, Kill coached two winners of the Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award, given annually to the conference's top football player. Defensive end Larry English won the award in 2008, Kill's first season. Running back Chad Spann was honored in 2010. English went on to be the No. 16 overall choice in the 2009 NFL Draft and currently plays for the San Diego Chargers.
During 2010, Kill mentored six first-team All-MAC selections. In his three seasons, the Huskies earned 10 first-team all-MAC honors. His 2010 squad ranked No. 7 in the nation in rushing offense, No. 12 in scoring offense, No. 19 in total offense, No. 14 in scoring defense, No. 26 in total defense, No. 24 in rushing defense and No. 44 in passing defense. Following the 2010 season, Kill was named the National Coach of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In 2009, Kill was presented with the National Football Foundation Courage Award by the Chicago Metro Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
In four previous stops as a head coach, he has never left a school with a sub-.500 record. In three of his previous four head coaching positions, he took over a team with a losing record and turned in a winning season in three years or less.
Prior to serving as the head coach at NIU, Kill was in charge of the football program at Southern Illinois, an FCS program in Carbondale, Ill. He spent seven years on the Saluki sideline and compiled a 55-32 record. Kill's record over his final five seasons with Southern Illinois was 50-14 and included five consecutive NCAA FCS Playoff appearances.
Kill was the head coach at Emporia (Kan.) State for two seasons in 1999-2000. He went 11-11 with the Hornets, who play at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to Emporia State, Kill was the head coach at NCAA Division II member Saginaw Valley State from 1994-1998. He compiled a 38-14 record with the Cardinals.
Kill served as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator in two different stops at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He helped lead the Gorillas to three NAIA playoff appearances as the defensive coordinator from 1985-87. Kill returned to Pitt State as the offensive coordinator from 1990-93. In that four-year span, the Gorillas advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs four times, reaching the championship game twice and winning the 1991 national title.
Sandwiched between his stints at Pittsburg State, Kill was the head coach at Webb City (Mo.) High School. He was 25-1 in two seasons at Webb City and won a state championship in 1989.
Kill and his wife Rebecca have two daughters, Krystal and Tasha.
Kill By the Numbers:
2Bowl-eligible team in two seasons at Minnesota. 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl; 2013 Texas Bowl