Notes from Coach Gill's Monday presser

Cool weather and rainy conditions couldn't keep the Kansas Jayhawks off the practice field Monday, as they kicked off the final week of the spring season. Afterward, Head Coach Turner Gill met with members of the media to answer a few questions - and Phog.net was on hand.

* Last Wednesday they had a major scrimmage, and the offense did some really good things. The defense had it rough, as the offense scored 8 touchdowns in 14 series. Great execution on offense. The defense has to learn how to respond, and they did with a spirited practice Monday.

* One of the big differences Gill has noticed this spring compared to last is that the players are talking to one another on the field, encouraging and explaining, all working toward the common goal.

* Brandon Bourbon will be out anywhere from 6-8 weeks. He'll definitely be ready to go in the fall - likely in the summer, but no doubt in the fall.

* Daymond Patterson is in shorts practicing, but he's still a little bit gimpy. They know what he can do already, so there's no reason to rush it. He's not likely to play in the Spring Game.

* They've been giving the players a lot more feedback as far as what they do each and every practice. Everything from alignment, technique and assignment to how they finish and their passion.

* They're not sure as to the format of the Spring Game as of yet. Wednesday they'll start looking at making a decision.

* Despite all the bodies, it hasn't been tricky to evaluate the receiver position this spring. There are a lot of guys getting reps.

* There's good progress in the secondary. Right now they're definitely ahead of the situation. The linebackers are coming up and some guys on the D-Line, too.

* Huldon Tharp is having his reps monitored. He's having a little bit of soreness, so they're making sure he doesn't go through a set back. He's a good football player, and he thinks Tharp will definitely help the team in a big way.

* Toben Opurum has made a lot of strides at defensive end. He's getting the technique and coming out with more speed. Pat Lewandowski has been a surprise as a pass rusher from his spot at DT, and Keba Agostinho has made progress at DE.

* If there's an area of concern, it's in execution. They need to be able to do it in game situations. He wants them to execute, play fast and create turnovers.


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