Gophers Football: Coach Jerry Kill to have open competition at all positions


August 30, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill is interviewed post game after the 30-27 victory against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Spring practice begins March 26 and no player, regardless of experience or ability, is a certain starter for the Gophers football team.

The emphasis this upcoming season for Coach Jerry Kill will be on competition and opportunity at all positions, according to David Shama of

"“You’re going to put your best players out there (eventually),” Kill said."

This year’s recruiting class will technically represent Kill’s first since he wasn’t hired until December of 2010, meaning the impact on the 2011 recruiting class was minimal.

"“We need about three recruiting classes to get this thing turned around,” he said.  “I think we’re moving in the right direction.”"

Minnesota finished last season with a 6-7 record, an improvement from the team’s 3-9 record in 2011.