Kill Addresses Big Ten Media

Jerry Kill fielded questions from the press during Big Ten Media Day. The hot topics of discussion were MarQueis Gray, recruiting tactics and his first season at Minnesota.

Jerry Kill has managed to keep expectations low while keeping hopes high for the future of the Gophers. On Big Ten Media Day Kill fielded questions about MarQueis Gray, a player who could make or break the 2011 season.

"I think right now going through spring ball, the guy that is no question without a doubt the most gifted athlete on our squad is MarQueis (Gray)," he said. "As head coach, you look over the last few days in transitions, you have to have two quarterbacks that can play because you never know when somebody's going to get injured."

Although he has an early favorite for the starting job, Kill would like to see plenty of competition from the backup signal callers.

"I think we need competition all the time," he said. "I think that's why the great teams are great because there is competition. We don't have as much depth right now so we need to find somebody that's going to push MarQueis and find out who that number two person is."

Although Gray could have a breakout season for Minnesota, Kill understands that the new coaching transition will not be an easy change.

"Well, I think, again, it's a little bit different because you look at our conference, how difficult it is," he said. "With the University of Nebraska coming in. You have to play those games week in and week out. When you're at a mid-major, you may play two or three. That's a huge game when you play them."

Kill knows that beyond this season, recruiting will be a large part of the Gophers' success.

"I think we're always into, through my past, we're always looking for speed," he said.

"I think anybody out here says, ‘Hey, you want to get players that can run' and so forth. I think more importantly is you get players that fit the state of Minnesota, that want to be in the state of Minnesota, and understand what we're trying to do."

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