Notebook: Kill organized, views Minnesota as his last job
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Unfortunately, my dream scenario last Friday didn't happen: Naples, Florida resident Tim Brewster meeting up with the Southwest Florida University of Minnesota Alumni Association for a meet-and-greet with new Gophers football coach Jerry Kill.
However, I was in touch with one person who was there.
Here are some of the highlights from Kill's speech:
• Kill said, "(I am) not going anywhere, this is my last job."
• All practices will be open to the public, including the media. In other words, access will not be in issue like it was under Brewster.
• Kill did not definitively say that Marqueis Gray was his starting quarterback. Every starting job will be earned through spring and summer practices.
• Safety Kim Royston (broken leg) is still not even cleared to run. Journalism 101: 'why is this person lying to me?' should've been applied when Brewster gave us constant updates on Royston last season. Remember when, "he was only a week away" for about eight straight weeks.
• In spite of Royston's physical condition, Kill said that he has been invaluable to him as a resource into the make-up of the team.
• 2 freshman offensive linemen will play at some point. Without naming names, that seems like guard Tommy Olson and tackle Josh Campion.
• Kill has a plan. He knows the exact numbers he needs at each position. 16 offensive lineman, etc.
• Kill still did not provide a clear picture on some guys with academic issues -- defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman, cornerback Michael Carter, and others.
• Kill compared his offensive system to Boise State's. So, expect to see I-formation one play, shotgun with three-wide receiver the next, and two tight ends thereafter. It is all about getting mismatches.