July 25, 2013
Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill spoke to the media at Big Ten Football Media Day on Wednesday in Chicago. Kill talked about his quarterbacks, his health and Minnesota's season outlook in general as he enters his third year at the helm.
A few quotes from Kill's press conference:
"I think the kids took the momentum out of the Bowl game, took it on to the off-season, did an outstanding job in the off-season getting bigger, stronger, and faster. And went into spring ball, felt like we had our best spring ball. We had the largest crowd at our spring scrimmage since Coach Holtz was there. So enthusiasm is great."
"Our administration has done a great job. We just presented to the Board of Regents a project that's $190 million to improve our facilities, and we're moving forward on that. And that's a tremendous thing for our football program. So the commitment and the direction we're headed at the University of Minnesota is good and we're excited about this season. And I'm looking forward to seeing this team. Each year, each team's different, and this team's approach certainly is different than the past two years. We got better a year ago, and I look forward to seeing us get better this year."
On the quarterback position, with 2012 starter Philip Nelson returning and redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner impressing the coaching staff:
"I kind of compare our quarterback situation a little bit to what we had at Northern Illinois when I took over that program with Chandler Harnish and Jordan Lynch, and I feel like we're kinda in that area. And also with a young man named Chris Streveler from this area. So we feel good about our quarterback situation and we feel like that's going to be a strength down the road here."
On his health:
"I'm doing great. I appreciate you asking. Things are going great for me. And I've got a great doctor that is a specialist in epilepsy. And I've been doing great, looking forward to the season, and I feel like -- I may not look like it, but I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life, so I'm looking forward to the season."
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