Mike Sherels is coaching the Gophers linebackers this spring, replacing Bill Miller, who left to become the linebackers coach at Florida State. And that hasn’t been the only change to Jerry Kill’s staff.
Kill confirmed Thursday that two of his longtime assistants, Brian Anderson and Pat Poore, have flipped roles, with Anderson taking over the wide receivers and Poore taking over the running backs.
Anderson played wide receiver at Western Illinois and coached wide receivers under Kill at Southern Illinois from 2001 to 2007. Poore was a head coach at Iowa Wesleyan and joined Kill as a quarterbacks coach at Southern Illinois in 2001.
Both have switched to different position groups under Kill, allowing the staff to work around coaches with other preferences.
Current Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck was the wide receivers coach under Kill at Northern Illinois, for example, so Anderson coached the tight ends, and Poore coached the quarterbacks.
“We’re getting our people back to where they’re used to being,” Kill said. “B.A.’s played wide receiver. That’s what he’s done, and Pat’s coached everywhere. He’s been a head coach like me.”
Kill noted one specific project involving both Anderson and Poore, as redshirt freshman running back Berkley Edwards got some work Thursday at outside receiver.
The Gophers are looking for ways to get Edwards on the field along with last year’s 1,200-yard rusher, David Cobb.
“So we all swallow our pride to get better,” Kill said. “And we’re just trying to get people back to where we’re comfortable.”
Sherels draws praise
Junior linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has said his relationship with Kill and Miller was a big reason he flipped his commitment from Kansas State and picked the Gophers coming out of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College last year.
Miller “has done nothing but take care of me since I got here,” said Campbell, the team’s projected starter at weak-side linebacker this fall. “Even before I got here, he looked out for me, so it was tough at first [when Miller left for Florida State], but it’s all about family.”
Sherels worked extensively with the linebackers last year as a defensive graduate assistant. He is a former walk-on who wound up starting 30 games at linebacker for the Gophers and became a two-time captain, in 2006 and 2007.
The Gophers have yet to announce Sherels’ promotion to linebackers coach, but that is an expected formality.
“I feel like he stepped in perfectly because last year, he did a great job helping me out on the sideline when I was struggling a little bit,” Campbell said. “So we’re not going to fall off a lot.”
End comes for two
Dexter Foreman, a former backup quarterback who moved to wide receiver last fall, had hip surgery and probably won’t return to the Gophers.
He’ll keep his scholarship, but the team can get a medical waiver to award an additional scholarship to another player.
Another scholarship came available for the Gophers when wide receiver Cameron Wilson graduated and took a job.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|Milwaukee||96||4th Qtr 10:50|
|New York||66||4th Qtr 8:15|
|Denver||29||2nd Qtr 2:35|
|Arizona||0||2nd Prd 7:58|
|Dallas||3||2nd Prd 9:33|
|Detroit||1||2nd Prd 9:13|
|Columbus||1||2nd Prd 7:40|
|Boston Univ||56||2nd Half 3:02|
|Youngstown St||64||2nd Half 3:15|
|East Tenn St||55||2nd Half 0:02|
|Saint Louis||46||2nd Half 3:43|
|USC Upstate||78||2nd Half 1:31|
|High Point||71||2nd Half 0:09|
|Central Conn St||55||FINAL|
|Dayton||64||2nd Half 0:04|
|Chattanooga||68||2nd Half 1:23|
|Maryland||52||2nd Half 2:25|
|FIU||56||2nd Half 0:07|
|Mount St Marys||61||2nd Half 1:20|
|Bryant||68||2nd Half 0:23|
|Coll of Charleston||61||2nd Half 0:54|
|Western Carolina||74||2nd Half 3:55|
|Sacred Heart||60||2nd Half 1:53|
|Fla Gulf Coast||78|
|Appalachian St||31||2nd Half 9:24|
|Holy Cross||30||2nd Half 13:15|
|Eastern Ill||39||2nd Half 9:49|
|Jacksonville St||35||2nd Half|
|SIU Edwardsville||35||2nd Half|
|SE Missouri St||34|
|Tenn Tech||22||2nd Half|
|Middle Tennessee||38||2nd Half|
|Weber State||30||2nd Half|
|North Dakota St||16|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||33||2nd Half|
|Ark-Little Rock||15||1st Half 9:20|
|ULM||6||1st Half 17:15|
|Georgia State||16||1st Half 9:57|
|Eastern Ky||8:00 PM|
|Idaho State||8:00 PM|
|Chicago State||8:05 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Montana State||9:05 PM|
|Long Beach State||9:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Loyola Marymount||9:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|William & Mary||67|
|(1) South Carolina||85|
|(4) Notre Dame||74||FINAL|
|(6) Tennessee||69||2nd Half 2:29|
|(24) Oklahoma||65||2nd Half 1:02|
|Clemson||55||2nd Half 6:52|
|(23) Syracuse||58||2nd Half 0:23|
|Missouri||63||2nd Half 2:11|
|Milwaukee||51||2nd Half 1:28|
|Wright State||108||2nd Half 0:09|
|Jacksonville||60||2nd Half 3:11|
|Stetson||58||2nd Half 1:16|
|Lamar||57||2nd Half 14:25|
|Sam Houston St||44|
|Fla Gulf Coast||53||2nd Half 7:44|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|(18) Miss State||30|
|Abilene Christian||22||2nd Half|
|McNeese State||32||2nd Half|
|Oral Roberts||22||2nd Half|
|South Dakota St||40|
|Louisiana Tech||33||2nd Half|
|TX-San Antonio||23||2nd Half|
|Texas-El Paso||29||1st Half 0:26|
|Grand Canyon||20||1st Half 3:30|
|(20) Iowa||58||2nd Half|
|Utah Valley U||27||2nd Half|
|Green Bay||38||2nd Half|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|North Dakota||8:00 PM|
|Ohio State||8:00 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||29||1st Half|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|San Diego||9:00 PM|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||10:59 PM|
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