Head Coach Turner Gill Meets with Media Wednesday

Oct. 5, 2011

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 Bradley McDougald’s switch to strong safety:
“I think he is well prepared but he still has some things to learn. He is playing okay and I think every game he has gotten better. He could play both (free and strong safety) but he could make the adjustment if he wanted to go back to free safety. There are actually quite a few positions he could play, both offensively and defensively which is why he is a very smart young man with good athletic ability. He fits in well in our program.”

On going up against OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young’s schemes:
“We have some things that we think we can execute as an offense going up against his defense, but he may switch it up on us with it being a chess match of sorts. He is a good coach and he has done well wherever he has been.”

On his team’s resiliency after losing two straight:
“The guys are responding well, because they are resilient. They are in tune; they are focused and they are ready to get better. That is a good approach and that is the way it goes with players and coaches in this business. Our players have come in and have asked a lot more questions (this week) and that tells me that they are in tune and they want to get better.”

On cornerback Isiah Barfield’s condition:
“He tweaked his ankle a little bit the week before the Georgia Tech game as well as during the bye week, so we just threw it up for grabs as deciding whether we were going to go with (Tyler) Patmon, (Dexter) McDonald or Barfield as far as playing our field corner. Patmon won that competition. But (Barfield) is close to 100 percent right now, I would say about 95, so he is good to go.”

How his team is preparing for the fast tempo offense that Oklahoma State runs:
“We go against ourselves because our offense is capable of doing those types of things. It gives our players a more game-like type of atmosphere as far as what they (OSU) will do versus having our scout team.”