Head Coach Turner Gill Meets with Media Wednesday

Sept. 28, 2011

– Gametracker (vs. Texas Tech)

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas head football coach Turner Gill met with members of the media on Wednesday afternoon following workouts at the practice fields adjacent to the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Below is a transcript of Gill’s interview:

Kansas head coach Turner Gill

On junior linebacker Isaac Wright’s progress:
“He is coming along pretty good, but right now I think Darius (Willis) is a little bit ahead of him at this point and time. I would say his asset is as a downhill player particularly when the ball is in the box. He definitely brings a physical presence and that is what we like about him. Every single game and practice he is getting better and has already helped our football team, but I think his best ball is ahead of him”

On what has impressed him the most about quarterback Jordan Webb:
“The execution has been pretty good and more consistent. He has not turned the ball over except for the fumble, but he has been very good as far as taking care of the ball and knowing his receivers. I like the way he has been getting the tempo of the offense in and out of huddles and calling at the line of scrimmage, so he has improved (this year) like we hoped he would.”

On how pleased he is with Webb’s progress from last season:
“It is a credit to him (Jordan) and Coach (Chuck) Long as far as teaching him what he had to do and then he went out and did it during the summer. Now it is good to see it when he showcases it on a game day. So I look forward to continuing to see him grow and to continue to make the people around him better.”

On his defense trying to force more turnovers:
“I can sit here and say we are making progress in practice, but we want to get that going now in game action. I think we will see a difference in the way we go about doing things but there is never a guarantee that you are going to cause turnovers. The coaches have done a good job and so have our players and I think we have stepped it up to where we have a better chance to do that in a game.”

On the impact senior defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey’s return will have on the team:
“He can make a little impact, but he is not in game shape. I can’t sit here and say he is going to take part in a whole lot of plays. He is going to play, but we have to monitor his conditioning because he is not in the same shape as our guys that have played three or four ballgames.”

On playing Texas Tech:
“We have to make more plays as far as turnovers and special teams go and we cannot allow them to have big plays in any phase. We have to be the ones that are making the big plays, because I think if we do that, then we will be on top.”