Turner Gill Updated The Media About Kansas Football After Fan Appreciation Day Sunday

Aug. 22, 2010

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Kansas head football coach Turner Gill met with the media after Sunday’s Fan Appreciation Day.

On a new position change:

“Steve Foster is both a defensive end and fullback. He is our starting fullback but we are also going to give him some reps on the defensive side and see where he fits into that aspect of that.”

On running back Rell Lewis’ injury suffered in Saturday’s scrimmage:

“Rell Lewis will be out for the season. He damaged his knee and it is a pretty serious situation there. It is a sad day for us and I feel sad for him as he was a guy in the hunt as far as batting for a starting spot.”

On practice so far:

“I am proud of our football team. They have been practicing real well. Now we are getting into truly game preparation week as far as our first opponent in North Dakota State and we are getting ready for that in the next couple weeks.

On if Lewis’ injury affects the move of Toben Opurum from running back to linebacker:

“Toben (Opurum) is still set at linebacker. At this point and time we are going to keep him at the linebacker spot. We think he can help us in that situation. He is not prepared to play at this point and time, but we think by game time he will have an opportunity to help us.”

On freshman running backs James Sims and Brandon Bourbon:

“They are in the mix whether Rell Lewis was there or not. Those two guys are in the mix with (Angus) Quigley and Sands and obviously Bourbon and Sims… We still have another week where I want to continue to evaluate guys, but all four of those guys have some potential, but we will settle in here as we go along and decide who the top guys are and go from there.”

On Kale Pick since he was named the starting quarterback:

“I think his focus has been great. I can say the same about Jordan (Webb). Both of those guys are doing well. Kale Pick has been a guy who has made some plays for us in every aspect in practice. The biggest thing is he is taking care of the football, which is probably the greatest thing he has done. When you can take care of the football you will give yourself a chance to win quite a few football games.”

On fan appreciation day:

“(The fans) get a chance to meet all of the players face to face and all of our coaching staff. It is great for our fans to come out here and show their dedication towards our football program. We need them every game – home or away – and we are thankful for them to come out here and show their support for the KU football program.”