Presser Notebook: Nebraska

MINNEAPOLIS — Jerry Kill touched on a variety of topics during his press confernce including bowl games, coaching in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the problems the Huskers will present.

Saturday against Illinois, center Zach Mottla was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury. Kill confirmed that it was in fact a broken leg and Mottla would be out the rest of the year. He recently underwent a successful surgery to repair his injury.

Jon Christenson was also hampered by injury on Saturday after a sprained ankle. Kill said that he would practice Tuesday but will need to make progress in order to play against Nebraska. He remains questionable.

Tommy Olson will practice at full speed this week in hopes that he could play against the Huskers. He will also take some reps at center to help fill the void left by Mottla and Christenson.

Wide receivers A.J. Barker and Derrick Engel have continued to rehab their injuries but Kill was unsure if either would play this week.

K.J. Maye left the game against Illinois but is healthy and should play on Saturday.

Despite all the injuries, especially to the offensive line, Kill stated that he will not pull any redshirts this late into the season.

Bowl Eligibility
Kill enjoyed seeing his team celebrate their sixth win, making them eligible for a bowl game.

"I think the biggest thing is I let the kids it's hard to win games," he said. "It's hard to win on the road, and I let them enjoy it. They were excited. Let them enjoy it. I probably said less in the locker room than I've said all year."

Senior Michael Carter also noted an exciting atmosphere in the locker room following the victory over Illinois.

"It was crazy, man," he said. "People were jumping up and down, shouting. It got emotional. Some seniors were crying, including me. I was probably one of them."

Looking Back
Kill talked about how his team was able to protect the ball and play solid defense against the Illini.

"Any time you can play good defense, you're in very windy conditions, you play good defense, you hold field position, you don't turn over the ball and you can run it, I mean you got a good chance to have success," he said.

Carter noted that the defense gave up just one field goal but still had room to improve.

"They only scored three (points) but we also had some mental mistakes in this game too that we have to correct," he said. "We need to get back to the drawing board and correct some things and be better."

Looking Forward
Kill is excited to be able to coach at Nebraska.

"[I] certainly didn't figure that I would be coaching in Lincoln, Nebraska," he said. "So I mean it's they love their football in Lincoln, and they got good fans, and I respect their program tremendously like I do everybody. I mean they got great tradition, and our kids I will share with them today in the team meeting they need to be excited about it."

Nebraska presents a lot of problems for the Gopher defense with the number of playmakers they have at their disposal.

"Somebody laid an article on the desk, I don't know if they're making me nervous or what, talked about their offensive coordinator talked about they really don't even need to practice or whatever because they're so so I'd say if you got an offensive coordinator that's that confident in what they're doing, they got a lot of weapons."

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