Jerry Kill has the Minnesota Gophers Football team back on track. The Gophers are poised to have their best season since 2003 when they went 10-3, but this year’s team looks like they will be contenders for a long time to come in the Big 10.
All the Gophers needed was something to trigger a winning streak. Their current four game winning streak in the Big 10 is their longest since 1973, maybe it was Kill going down that brought the team together.
As an avid Gopher football fan, I was skeptical Kill, his health, and as to whether or not his absence from the sidelines team this season would be a negative benefactor to the team’s ability to win. Kill is there, in the booth, and things are getting better for this football team. Kill is coordinating the game he knows best at a high level.
Whether or not the Gophers get a bid to a New Year’s Day Bowl, they will finish with an above average record. This was the teams goal at the beginning of the season, and doing so under tough circumstances. When Kill is back and healthy coaching the team from the sidelines I expect great things, maybe even a Rose Bowl appearance.
The team has a lot of upside and should build into a contender every season. The quarterback play will remain solid because both Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner are young and learning the offense Kill’s way. They are learning to make efficient and effective throws and stretch the ball down field. Running back David Cobb has been sensational these past five weeks, giving the Gophers the best running game in the Big 10.
The defense also did some growing up last week vs. Penn State holding the Nittany Lions to a field goal in the second half and recovering a huge fumble to win the game.
Minnesota is a scary team to play right now and they will only continue to grow and get better. Kill is the biggest reason for the Gophers success and fans can finally take a sigh of relief because he’s doing his job the right way.