Two of Jerry Kill's Gophers assistant coaches swap positions
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With spring practice underway, two of the Minnesota Gophers' assistant coaches have new job titles.
After three seasons in their respective positions, Brian Anderson and Pat Poore have swapped jobs, with Anderson taking over as wide receivers coach and Poore shifting to running backs coach, head coach Jerry Kill confirmed for reporters on Thursday.
Poore and Anderson have both been on Kill's staff for 13 years, including stops at Northern Illinois (2008-10) and Southern Illinois (2001-07).
The new position seems to be a good fit for Anderson, a former wide receiver at Western Illinois. He has also filled the same role on Kill's staff before, having been the receivers/returners coach at Southern Illinois. He oversaw the tight ends unit at Northern Illinois.
Anderson's running backs saw an impressive leap in development last season when David Cobb became the Gophers' first 1,000-yard rusher in seven years. Cobb's 1,202 yards were the 12th most in a season by a running back in Minnesota history.
Poore was Kill's quarterbacks coach for 10 seasons before inheriting the Gophers' wide receivers when Kill took over the program in 2011.
The Gophers conclude their first week of spring practice over the weekend with practices No. 3 and No. 4.