Weekly Presser Report: Turner Gill
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Phog.net
Posted Oct 11, 2011


Kansas head coach Turner Gill met with local media in Lawrence, Kan. on Tuesday morning to preview the Oklahoma game. During the 20-minute session, he touched on the Sooners, the addition of TCU to the conference, the progress of Jordan Webb and much more.

Team still B.E.L.I.E.V.E.s

By now, pretty much every Kansas fan knows of Head Coach Turner Gill's acronymical motto "B.E.L.I.E.V.E." – the "B" of which stands for "Believe in each other and the things not yet seen."

After suffering three straight tough losses, Gill said Tuesday his coaches and players continue to find strength in the mantra and each other.

"That's kind of where we're at," he explained. "Our guys are continuing to believe in what we're trying to get accomplished, the things that are ahead of us, and that we can still get a lot accomplished in this football season."

Two Jayhawks questionable for Saturday

Gill announced Tuesday freshmen Brandon Bourbon and Keeston Terry are both officially "questionable" for Saturday's tilt with top-ranked Oklahoma under the lights at Memorial Stadium. A final decision won't be made until later this week.

Kansas is loaded at running back, and thus able to better whether the loss of of one at the position. Safety is another story, however, though the staff does have a plan in place if Terry is unable to go.

Gill said junior Lubbock Smith would likely get first crack at the action, though fans can also expect to see redshirt freshman Ray Mitchell.

Respect for the Sooners

One of the things that immediately stands out to the Kansas staff on film about Oklahoma both offensively and defensively.

"Bob Stoops and his staff have done a tremendous job in that program since he's been there," he said. "They do a great job offensively, defensively and special teams, and their players make plays."

However, in the Sooners, the Jayhawks also see an opportunity - a chance at a little redemption on a national stage.

"One of the top teams in the country, number one team in the country, and you have a chance to play them," he said. "You have an opportunity to make something happen, and we also have a chance to get better. That's the way we look at it."

Gill glad to have TCU aboard

Monday afternoon, Texas Christian University formally accepted an invitation to the Big 12, making them the conference's 10th team (for now).

Gill, a Fort Wort native, said he was happy to have them aboard.

"It's going to be interesting when we play TCU at home," he said. "It's my home town, and probably about a 5-10 minute drive from where I grew up. It's good to have them in. They've earned it and deserve it, and they're going to be a good addition to our league."

Still sold on Webb

Despite some difficulties with turning the ball over of late, Gill maintained his pleasure with the improvement of sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb. Thus far in 2011, Webb has completely 68.4-percent of his passes for 1,130 yards, 11 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

"He has played well, made great throws," Gill said. "He's been very, very accurate as far as throwing the football. He's done a lot of good things. He's improved as a quarterback like we want him to improve, and he's still only a sophomore."



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