On Thursday, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team and the athletic department began its video series chronicling the team throughout the 2013 season with the first episode — “The Foundation” Brick by Brick. The eight minute first episode followed the team through the beginning parts of training camp in Minneapolis as the Maroon and Gold prepare for the tough Big Ten season.
In the episode, head coach Jerry Kill sets the tone by explaining the idea behind “brick by brick” and the importance of building the football program one piece at a time. Assistant coaches Bill Miller (linebackers) and Pat Poore (wide receivers) wore microphones during practice to get live interactions between players and coaches.
The video follows the team into various film rooms as well and talks with players like Derrick Engel, Isaac Fruechte, Aaron Hill, and Jack Lynn.
The “brick by brick” series is scheduled to run weekly throughout the season and episode No. 2 is set for Wednesday, Aug. 28 — the day before Minnesota begins their season against UNLV.
For more information and to find future episode dates, visit the “Brick by Brick” page on GopherSports.com.
In Other News…
- Kill’s health issues were brought into the spotlight again on Thurs., this time by Rick Reilly of ESPN.com. Reilly talked with coach Kill and his wife Rebecca about the epilepsy that the third year coach is working to control. In the article titled, “Just killing it”, the couple provides some interesting commentary about the family’s battle with epilepsy and the cancer that Kill successfully beat.
- A Gopher football recruit with his own troubled past was featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Thurs. A Somerset, Wis. senior, Gaelin Elmore talks about his survival of a rocky road through foster care, homelessness, and adoption, on to becoming one of the Top 10 football targets in the state. Tim Leighton of the Pioneer Press was able to get Elmore and his father George to open up about their past and the future that Elmore hopes to build at Minnesota.
- I had the chance to talk Gopher football with the Mad Dog in the Morning Show on Am-730 The Game in Lansing, Mich. on Friday. The host David “Mad Dog” Demarco and I talked about the upcoming season for Minnesota as well as more on the health of coach Kill. Take a listen!
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