Posts Tagged ‘MarQueis Gray’
By Paul Myerberg // Jun 8, 2012
Minnesota’s big-picture problem lies more with the Jimmies and the Joes, less with the X’s and the O’s. In terms of overall talent, Jerry Kill had much more to work with at Northern Illinois — Chandler Harnish, Chad Spann, Jasmin Hopkins and Martel Moore, among others — than he currently does with the Gophers, who are still bringing in the sort of athletes needed to run Kill’s system.
The Huskies had the players and the scheme; the Gophers are still learning the scheme. Even if the system was in place, this team lacks the weapons to run the offense at full capacity.
Tags: Big Ten, Indiana, James Gillum, Jerry Kill, MarQueis Gray, Martel Moore, Minnesota, Nick Davidson, Northern Illinois, Stephen Houston
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By Paul Myerberg // Jun 8, 2012
At their best, Jerry Kill-coached teams will make you wish you’d just stayed at home. At their worst, Kill’s teams will have opponents lining up at the door waiting impatiently for their turn, as more than a few Big Ten teams did a season ago. So this we know after Kill’s uneven debut: Minnesota will be less like Northern Illinois, more like Southern Illinois. In DeKalb, Kill took a two-win team and quickly turned it into the MAC’s biggest bully, reaching three straight bowl games before leaping to the top spot with the Golden Gophers. In Carbondale, home of the Salukis, it took Kill one painful season and a second middling finish before the program began its dominating run through the Gateway Conference. More Southern, less Northern. For the efforts of this comparison, let’s leave Saginaw Valley State out of the conversation. But even that small-school stop merits a mention: Kill won there too. Kill’s won everywhere, if not from the start then down the road – and always, Kill has won big.
Tags: Ben Perry, Big Ten, Brandon Green, Brock Vereen, D.L. Wilhite, Devin Crawford-Tufts, Donell Kirkwood, Ed Olson, James Gillum, Jerry Kill, Jimmy Gjere, Marcus Jones, MarQueis Gray, Martez Shabazz, Mike Rallis, Minnesota, Ra'Shede Hageman, Roland Johnson, Troy Stoudermire
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 30, 2012
Another Wisconsin-themed hypothetical question: Where would you have ranked the Badgers’ quarterbacks against the rest of the Big Ten if Danny O’Brien had instead opted for, say, Penn State? If Wisconsin had gone into 2012 with options like Joe Brennan and Jon Budmayr, it would have joined Michigan State as the only two teams in the conference to not return a quarterback with at least one career start under his belt. So consider the toppling dominoes: O’Brien should start, which should push Brennan into a more fitting role as his backup, which will allow Budmayr to heal and former walk-on Joel Stave to develop.
Tags: Al Borges, Andrew Maxwell, Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Braxton Miller, Brion Carnes, Caleb TerBush, Cameron Coffman, Cody Sokol, Connor Cook, Danny O'Brien, Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jake Rudock, James Vandenberg, Jerry Kill, Joe Brennan, Jon Budmayr, Kain Colter, Kenny Guiton, Kevin Wilson, MarQueis Gray, Matt McGloin, Max Shortell, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nathan Scheelhaase, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Paul Jones, Penn State, Peter Badovinac, Purdue, Reilly O'Toole, Rob Bolden, Rob Henry, Robert Marve, Taylor Martinez, Tim Beckman, Tre Roberson, Trevor Siemian, Urban Meyer, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // May 30, 2011
Good coaches can be found anywhere, from high school through the N.F.L., in the F.C.S., the F.B.S. and anywhere in between. Case in point: Jerry Kill, late of Northern Illinois, now of Minnesota. Just where did this guy come from? Kill’s in Minneapolis via DeKalb, via Southern Illinois, via Emporia State via Saginaw Valley State — the one in Michigan. No, he’s never been a coordinator for a national champion. He’s not a Nick Saban disciple. He hasn’t even — my goodness, can this be true? — coached a day in the N.F.L., for goodness’ sake. Kill’s just a football coach, no flash, few frills. Just like his teams. I think he’ll be popular.
Tags: Big Ten, Brandon Kirksey, Brendan Beal, Da'Jon McKnight, Gary Tinsley, Jerry Kill, Kim Royston, MarQueis Gray, Minnesota, Troy Stoudermire
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By Paul Myerberg // Apr 25, 2011
It was never a fair comparison: Iowa and Wisconsin both lost a senior quarterback, but the Hawkeyes have had a succession plan in place since 2009, while Wisconsin — prior to losing Curt Phillips — wanted Jon Budmayr to win the job, not have it handed to him. When Wisconsin revealed late last week that Phillips had suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, it became clear that Budmayr’s time is officially now, even if this is how the quarterback competition might have eventually played out. As noted last week, however, this hurts the Badgers’ depth at the position.