Gophers coach Jerry Kill said Wednesday that he continues to feel good about the team’s running backs, though he mentioned an ankle injury for Berkley Edwards.
Kill started by again noting how well true freshman Shannon Brooks has looked. Brooks rushed 16 times for 91 yards in Saturday’s scrimmage. Asked if Brooks could contribute immediately, Kill said he’ll first need to show he can pick up blitzers in pass protection.
“There’s more to it than just running the ball,” Kill said. “Is he a great talent and a very gifted kid? Yes. But he’s still got to be able to do all those things to be able to go out there and play against TCU.”
As for the rest of the running backs, Kill said, “Rodney [Smith’s] had an excellent camp. Rodrick [Williams has] had a good camp. Berkley’s done well, but he’s been hurt. He got hurt in the scrimmage [Saturday]. He came back out [Wednesday], and we’ll see what happens, but he got an ankle turned.
“Those guys, and the young backs have done fine. And we’ll redshirt some, but I think they’ve all had some good runs and so forth. I feel good about that position. I really do.”