Big 12 Coaches Teleconference: Turner Gill

Head Coach Turner Gill addressed members of the media Monday morning, touching on everything from defensive progress and Toben Opurum to the rebuilding process and the recent tragedy at Notre Dame.

On the quarterback situation:

"I guess I don't know today, on Monday. I won't know a good deal until really probably the end of the week, probably on Thursday. I think we're at least going to have the other two guys who were not available last week as far as Kale Pick and Jordan Webb, right along with Quinn Mecham."

"They all three are probably going to have a chance, we just have to see how healthy (they are) – particularly Jordan, just to kind of see what his status is and go from there."

On defensive progress made versus Iowa State:

I think it's probably a combination of both sides of the ball. i think offensively we turn the ball over quite a bit and then you give people the short field, and it's tougher for the defense to hold them out of the end zone. We have to do a better job of that. But I thought that we simplified some things, and didn't give a whole lot of different scehemes and different things that we had in our gameplan. So we just really simplified and tried to let our guys play, and I think they did a good job doing that.

And then we had a little bit better rotation in our linebacker spot to try and give guys a little bit better break. So I thought our coaching staff did a very good job of helping our players and gameplanning, and our guys bought into it and played well.

On when the rebuilding process will be complete:

I guess each coach whenever you're in a situation like this, you wish you had that magical number. But I know that we are making progress here. Particularly in the last two ballgames I think we have made progress. I know sometimes the score doesn't dictate that, but I think we've made some progress there.

On whether or not the simplification of the defense has helped sophomore defensive end Toben Opurum:

You can't ask him to do a whole lot. We all understand he hasn't played a whole lot on the defensive side, and we've gotta simplify things for him where he can just go play, use his athleticism, use the strength that he has and really his instincts, and that's what we're trying to do.

I think every game he's getting better. i know he may not necessarily have a whole lot of tackles or stats, but I think we notice them on the game tape that he's doing some good things and getting better and better.

On whether the new athletic administration, when it is hired, will give Gill time to see his plan through to completion:

Those are things that I have no control over. The only thing I can do is go out here and teach and develop our players, and do the best I can. That's what I'm going to focus on. They hired me to do a job here, and that's what I'm here to do, that's what we're going to do as a staff.

We believe in what we're trying to get accomplished and our style of coaching, our schemes. We're still trying to mesh together what we have as a football team, trying to get the right players in the right place. I have confidence in the administration they end up hiring that they're going to give us the opportunity to build this winning program.

On the tragedy at Notre Dame and whether or not it has had an impact on their own safety procedures:

It's been brought up, but we had things in place here. When we have some windy days we don't go as high. The highest our lift will go is 40-feet, and then if it gets anywhere in the 20-plus miles per hour range we'll lower it. So we've already had some things in place to try and prevent some things of that nature. We're always aware when something like this tragedy happens. You definitely want to look at what you're doing, and make sure you're on the right track, and make sure of the safety of everybody – not just your players, but everybody involved in the program.


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