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Updated: February 5th, 2014 3:58pm
Report: Jerry Kill drove Tuesday, signaling better control of epilepsy

Report: Jerry Kill drove Tuesday, signaling better control of epilepsy

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Jerry Kill is making strides in his battle to control epilepsy.

Kill apparently drove a car Tuesday night, signaling he's been seizure-free for at least three months.

Wednesday is National Signing Day, an apparent frenzy, but more accurately, the culmination of several years of work. In a story posted on ESPN.com, Kill was asked how he battles the public perception battle with recruits.

Here's his answer, as written by Josh Moyer:

You know what? I just shoot it out straight. I'm sure there are things that happened -- I know it happened three or four times -- but I don't think it made any difference in recruiting at all. It may have helped. Sometimes, when you get attention, whether good or bad, it ends up being good. I think people respect me because when I come into a home and I tell them I'm epileptic, it is what it is. But I won a hell of a lot of football games and turned around three programs doing this.

...The best answer to that is probably that I drove last night -- the first time in two years. I drove right down the highway. I didn't drive very good, and I'm probably going to have to take a driver's ed course, but I did drive -- so maybe that'll put an end to all of that.

Kill coached from the press box the second half of the season after illness in early October kept him from traveling with the team to Ann Arbor, Mich.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys filled in as the acting head coach on the sidelines. The Gophers ended the season 8-5, including a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl.

The Gophers on Wednesday landed top in-state prospect Jeff Jones (Washburn, running back). That's potentially big news for the program if he qualifies academically to play Division I football.

Kill's health is perhaps more important than any single player in a recruiting class. Wednesday's revelation that Kill has sustained a seizure-free period is great news for the Gophers football team.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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