Jerry Kill Presser Quotes: UNLV

Jerry Kill talked freshmen, depth, and opening the college football season on Thursday evening.

Head coach Jerry Kill's opening statement:
"We're preparing for a Thursday night game, and looking forward to it. We're looking forward to the season. Our kids have worked hard, all the way back from when we started in the off season in January until now. We have a lot of new faces, a lot of new people, new team, so to speak, and we're looking forward to going out to the desert and kind of seeing where we're at.

"And the only way you can tell where you're at is you gotta go play. And we're looking forward to it, and I know the kids are probably at a point where we've been hitting each other, and I think they're looking forward to hitting somebody else."

Kill commented on this team's depth compared to last season:
"We tried to get as solid as two deep, and even with some guys that are in the third group that we're going to have to have, and I think it'll sort out, you know, kind of emergence of kids as we play. But that's how young we are. But athletically and skill wise, I don't think there's any question that we're better than we were a year ago."

Kill was excited to be playing on The Opening night of college football:
"It gives us an opportunity to excel. It's going to help you in a lot of areas. You know, playing on Thursday night, being the opening to college football, all those things help and certainly in recruiting. Certainly throughout the country. And it does nothing but help the University of Minnesota. And it's not just about football. It's about our university and our state. So I think it's a great opportunity for us to represent. Our job is to go out and play well."

A number of true freshmen will likely not be redshirted this season:
At receiver, [Jamel] Harbison and [Andre] McDonald, we will travel them. We will play Harbison and are planning to play Andre, but we'll see how that works out through today. But I mean a lot of it has to do with this week in practice, but we certainly are going to play Harbison.

"We will play K.J. Maye at this point in time. You know, Antonio Johnson and [Demarius] Travis are both true freshman and secondary. One of them probably will play. I can't tell you which one. We'll see how this goes. Eric Murray will play. I think true freshmen, that's where we're at. Again, you get in a game and you may find out something, and if a kid doesn't play, then you can but right now Harbison's on special teams and he's going to play. Eric Murray is going to play. Antonio Johnson is going to play. Travis is going to play. And Andre and K.J. both earned opportunities to play."

Kill discussed some of the things that can be expected from the Rebels of UNLV:
"So I know that defensively they're going to be a group that's going to play a lot of eight man front. They're going to try to get eight in the box if they can. Quarters coverage, cover one. They'll play a little bit of zero. They want to put pressure on you as much as they can, but you know, they don't like he's pretty good at not giving up the deep ball and keeping things in front of him. [Bobby Hauck's] got a defensive background, and they'll be strong and they'll run well."

"And then offensively they got all their offensive line returning. What they've shown in the past is being a pistol offense. And that's been their scheme. A lot of 12 personnel. They like using tight ends. The new offensive coordinator they hired likes using tight ends, and when he was at Montana they were underneath the center more. At UNLV he's been in the gun, pistol more."


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