Oct. 20, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
Oct. 20, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.
“First of all, congratulations to Wisconsin and they’ve got the same type of football team that they’ve had here for a long time. They’re a very physical group, well-coached and they’ve got a good group of kids who can make some plays. We give them some credit and we’ll continue to work to move forward and get better. I think there are some areas that we did get better at and then there are some that we slipped a little bit. But that’s part of building a program, so we’ll move forward.”
On his decision to start Philip Nelson at QB: “We made the decision and I’m not going to go over all of the scenarios, but there was a lot of discussion made. I think no question, it’s a good move for us. In the situation where MarQueis (Gray) has not been able to be durable and is struggling right now, I think putting him on the outside and giving him the chance to heal up a little bit, but still help us make some plays.”
On Chris Borland’s roughing-the-pass penalty: “He’s a heck of a football player, I think he was probably just playing hard. I don’t think he did that intentionally or anything of that nature. I think when you’re a defensive player and you play your tail end off, sometimes you don’t ever hear the whistle blow out there. You don’t know when to stop. I don’t think anybody was intentionally doing stuff. As a quarterback, I guess the encouraging thing is he took some hits and it didn’t seem to faze him a lot. We’re going to move forward, and I get questioned a lot, and I’m very confident in what we are doing and that it’s good for us.”
On his team’s run defense: “I think we have some disappointed players and coaches. To sum it up as far as being on the field and talking to the defense, it’s no different. ‘Hey, why aren’t we getting this shut off?’ ‘Every time they are running the split reverse they are hitting the seam.’ I think the first half we battled in there pretty good and we were in good position at half time. The field goal was critical, I thought that thing was in there but evidently it wasn’t. That was a critical, critical situation. Then we came out and got a stop and thought we were going to hang in there. Give them credit, they physically keep coming at you. They did it to Purdue a week ago, they keep coming at you with those good backs and offensive line. Once they start wearing you out, then somebody gets out of gap and somebody gets out of another gap and they are strong enough to put it two gaps over. I think physically, that’s who they’ve been for a long time. You look at their defense and they’ve got four and five-year guys and we’ve got a lot of young guys yet. I think they just wore us down at the end of the day. And when you wear people down, a lot of times that’s where you make a lot of mistakes.”
On Wisconsin’s wildcat: “When you haven’t seen it on film or anything like that and they put five guys on one side and three on the other, that’s a good move on their part. We’ve done that in the past. What it does is you get into that real fast and then you have to get moved over and you’re unbalanced and then they’ve got a man on you and then they crease you. That’s good coaching on their part and I credit them. That’s part of a week-to-week thing, and I’m sure next week they’ll have another little wrinkle to see. You get all of those big guys on one side and you get shifted over there and take care of that side, then they come back on the other side. Well coached, they’ve got a good team.”
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