Presser Notebook: Michigan State

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill touched on a variety of topics at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Kill on if the team is where he expected to be after two seasons:
"I'm never satisfied hardly. I think we pushed hard. I think everybody worked to get from administration to the coaches to everybody trying to get the program where everybody would like to have it. Certainly we worked hard to do that. I think the kids have worked hard. And you know, we're pretty much in the same place we were at those other places at this point in time."

Kill on the team's inability to pass the ball consistently:
"I think the biggest thing with—offensively a period after coming off Lincoln and not playing very well—we've got some beat up guys up front. We got young receivers. At one time in the most game we were playing three or four freshmen, wide receiver freshmen, tailback freshmen, quarterback. So I think the more they play the better they're going to get and I think we just gotta keep doing what we're doing and get better at it."

Kill on being able to attack Michigan State's stout run defense:
"Last year we played—we moved the ball last year against them at Michigan State. And I think you have to—you just gotta do a good job up front. …They're not going to come out and try to trick you on defense or do anything different than what we've done. That's why they're good. They're good at what they do. You know what they're going to do, but you have to execute and our big deal whether it's running the ball or throwing the ball we gotta do a good job of executing. And physically we're going to have to play very hard, and I think our kids understand."

Kill on legendary St. John's football coach John Gagliardi retiring:
"He's a funny man. I got a chance, I was at the national convention, I don't know how long ago it was 10 or 11 years ago. And I was fortunate enough to get an honor and he got an honor also. He got up and spoke and they asked him about retirement at that time. He goes, 'I don't know what I'd do if I retired and I don't think I'll ever retire.' He says, 'There's only two things I don't like about the game. I don't get to control injuries and officials.' And everybody started laughing. And that was the end of his speech."

Injuries:
Killed said there are "about 21" players on the injured list right now but he hopes that number will shrink as the week progresses. He did touch on a few players specifically:

DT Roland Johnson has an ACL injury so he'll be out for Saturday's game. Johnson hurt his knee during the team's walk through. He is scheduled to have an MRI today.

LB Brenden Beal is out with a right knee injury—the same knee he's injured twice before. He will received an MRI today.

WR Marcus Jones is questionable for Saturday's game with a knee injury. Kill said Jones' injury likely isn't as serious as Beal's injury.

LT Marek Lenkiewicz will miss practice on Tuesday with a knee injury. He is questionable for the game against the Spartans.

LT Ed Olson has been battling injuries but he was scheduled to practice on Tuesday.

TE Drew Goodger has a dislocated shoulder that will likely prevent him from playing against Michigan State.

Senior Day:
The Gophers will honor 15 seniors prior to the game against Michigan State. MarQueis Gray, John Rabe, Brandon Green, Matt Kloss, C.J. Cesario, Keanon Cooper, Ryan Grant, Mike Rallis, Spencer Reeves, Michael Carter, Troy Stoudermire, Nathan Tow-Arnett, D.L. Wilhite, David Schwerman and Jordan Wettstein will take the field at TCF Bank Stadium, one final time, as a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.


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