Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill has really vaulted the Gophers to new heights during his time in Minneapolis and was one game away from playing in the Big Ten Championship game. The Gophers were not predicted to compete for a Big Ten Championship and were picked by the media to finish fifth in the Big Ten West, but Kill has led Minnesota to a 8-4 record and a pending bowl game.
Many have taken notice of the job he has done this year and won the 2014 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year and 2014 Dave McClain Coach of the Year. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and the media. Kill becomes the second coach to ever win the award with the first coming from Glen Mason.
Couple facts from this season- Under Kill, the Gophers beat Michigan and Iowa for the first time since 1967. They scored 31 straight against Michigan and 51 straight against Iowa. The four losses suffered this year came to teams who have a combined record of 38-10. However, a key reason they have gotten to where they are is from the defense, which has held 10 opponents under their scoring average.