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Cliff's Notes: Turner Gill press conference, 9/7/10


Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Turner Gill's comments at his weekly press conference today.

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KU coach Turner Gill started his press conference by talking about positives: defense (only giving up six points is always a good effort), kickoff returns and kickoffs from freshman Ron Doherty.

Only positive from offense: KU knows where it stands now.

KU's defense will have to be disciplined against Georgia Tech's option. KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush played Georgia Tech, so that will help with familiarity. KU cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy also worked at Air Force, so he has extensive knowledge of an offense similar to Georgia Tech's.

Gill says the keys to the game: 1. Score a touchdown and score often; 2. Limit big plays; 3. Be plus-two on turnover margin.

Tyrone Sellers is out for 3-4 weeks with a leg injury. Deshaun Sands is questionable with an injury.

Gill says the strength of his offense is the receivers and tight ends.

Gill rated his quarterbacks in the North Dakota State game as "OK, below average." OK, he says, is not good enough.

True freshman James Sims will play this week. Toben Opurum will not move back to running back.

Gill didn't think there was any lack of effort against NDSU. The loss was all about execution.

KU's defensive front has to be physical and technique-sound against an offense like Georgia Tech's. The safeties also have to make a lot of tackles.

Gill thinks James Sims is physical and has good feet. He also has good hands and can catch the ball.

Quarterbacks are still being evaluated. A decision on who will play will be made soon.

• Gill says he isn't necessarily for playing two quarterbacks. He wants to do what is going to make the team most successful.

• Gill says "it's possible" KU might have to be more of a passing team than running team this year so that the team plays to its strengths.

• Gill believes the guys were ready to play. The execution just wasn't there on a consistent basis.


Keith Richards 7 years, 5 months ago

The running back wasn't the problem, it was the inept, out of sync, and disoriented offensive line that failed to open up any holes. Barry Sanders couldn't have found many yards on Saturday.

Bud Stagg 7 years, 5 months ago

I have to disagree. While that was part of the problem, the other problem is that neither running back could get any yards after the first hit. They flopped like a nigerian soccer player.

Ryan Shumaker 7 years, 5 months ago

The receivers and tight ends are the strength of the offense b/c Toben isn't playing running back. The line was a huge problem, which is more reason to have a big back that can mow down people like Toben vs. the current backs we are playing.

jhawkjjm 7 years, 5 months ago

The difference is that Toben would run through the line. There's a reason that in 5 years Quigley couldn't get on the field as a running back. For someone his size, he seems to refuse to just put his head down and run. He shy's away from contact whereas Toben doesn't.

jvinland 7 years, 5 months ago

"Actions speak a lot louder than words!" Last Saturday was a day of statements as far as the Big XII North was concerned as four of its teams previously were rejected for consideration for admission by the Pac Ten & Big Ten leagues. KSU & Missouri both proved they could play and beat Pac Ten & Big Ten Teams. KU on the other hand proved they could beat very few teams, including North Dakota State, and that they are an total embarrassment to everyone in the Big XII's Northern Division. Coach Gill now needs to show the football world his KU team is more than a very poor joke.

somebodynew 7 years, 5 months ago

ONCE again, CJ online scoops LJW. Perkins has stepped down !!!!

frank mcguinness 7 years, 5 months ago

• Gill says the strength of his offense is the receivers and tight ends.

You mean the tight end who fumbled 2x's?

Truthspeaker 7 years, 5 months ago

The team was "ready to play"? Was Gill talking about his own team? If so, what game was he watching?

drnater 7 years, 5 months ago

So run Toben 3 times in a drive and he gets hit at the line only pushing for 2-3 yds because there are no holes, so we still go 3 and out reguardless. Do any of you who are saying these things know anything about football? Adrian Peterson led the NFL in fumbles last year with 20 but he would still be my 2nd pick as a RB behind Chris Johnson. The point is it really doesn't matter if Toben were a tailback without a blocking line even the best can't do anything. (see Larry Johnson after he rushed for over 1600 yds in 12 games I believe, then the next season struggled for 1000 which he either barely got or didn't get at all behind a line that lost 2 pro bowlers) Please get a clue and then you can complain!

7texdude 7 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe that everyone believes an average running back is the answer to all of KU's problems on offense. If TO is so great, why isn't he at UT, OU or A&M? Because they don't recruit slow running backs. The Jayhawks' problem start in the offensive line and they end there as well. They couldn't push NDSU off the ball and it's the running backs fault there were no holes? Huh?

cato_the_elder 7 years, 5 months ago

KU was definitely not ready to play. I was there and observed it right away. NDSU was ready, and was hungry. The contrast was palpable.

riverdrifter 7 years, 5 months ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Gill's first error as head coach was to not retain Ed Warriner as offensive coordinator.

Matthew Del Vecchio 7 years, 5 months ago

The TE looked like the problem to me on saturday.

Rex Russell 7 years, 5 months ago

Whatever Turner Gill is smoking, ....pass it around.

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