GSTV: Spring Game Presser

MINNEAPOLIS — Head coach Jerry Kill fielded questions from the media following the spring game.

On his first "real" spring game:
"We've been practicing over the last two or three practices very similar, so I thought it was fine. I think any time you break up all the kids and split them up---certainly for receivers and quarterbacks you lose timing. But I think it was more important for us to look at how young people run routes, how we block, how we tackle, and get a chance to see young players play. We held some kids out today, and we kept it simple. …We got to play everybody and we got a chance to see everybody on the field, and we got out of it healthy. So that's the biggest thing. We've had a good spring. I think our kids have worked very hard, and I think we found out a lot about a lot of kids throughout the spring."

On the team's progression throughout the spring:
"We've gone through a lot. We really have. You know, Gary (Tinsley) passing away, and all the things that have gone on mentally. None of us understand, really, what the kids have gone through, and I think they've handled things very well, as well as they can. They've stayed focused and practiced hard. We've got a lot of kids that have stepped up and gotten better. I if I saw anything out of today…we've got some guys in the secondary that can run, and we're a little bigger in the secondary, which we needed to continue to do. I can tell you just physically watching that that was better."

On the kicking and punting game this spring:
"I think you'll have to understand we divided up teams, and we had a different holder. We're not deep in that area. I think (Jordan) Wettstein has had a good spring. Chris (Hawthorne) has had a good spring. Today wasn't his fault (when his kick missed at the end of the game)—the ball never got down. Everybody likes to blame the kicker, but there's a lot more to it. …Overall they did a good job in the spring. I think punting the ball-wise, I think David Schwerman, who got hurt in practice, really punted the ball well in the spring. Probably the dark horse out of all of them is Pete Mortell. He has had a very, very good spring. We'll see how it all works out."

On the passing game today:
"If we'd lined up and played offense versus defense, it's going to be better. We divided up our receivers evenly. …If you ask Peyton Manning what he's doing right now, he's got Eric Decker out there by himself and he's working with him hours and hours and hours a day to develop that. … Today, there was a ball an inch, a foot, two feet here or there, and we didn't make a play. But I think all that can get corrected through repetition in the summer."

Quotes provided by U of M athletic communications.


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