Gophers wide receiver Jeff Jones returned to practice Saturday after sustaining a concussion earlier in the week, coach Jerry Kill said, adding that he hopes to have wide receiver Isaiah Gentry back from his hamstring injury Tuesday.
Kill said left tackle Ben Lauer (knee surgery) has been practicing but is still sore, and that he hopes to have tight end Duke Anyanwu back from his knee surgery Tuesday.
Kill also mentioned that linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has a sore groin. The players have Sunday and Monday off, so Kill hopes to see the team closer to full strength by Tuesday.
Headed to see Casey
After practice, Kill and his wife, Rebecca, headed to go watch Casey O’Brien make his varsity debut for Cretin-Derham Hall.
“He’s an incredible young man,” Kill said. “It’ll make you probably tear up a little bit, for what he’s been through, to do what he’s doing. None of us should ever feel sorry for ourselves.”
* Kill said Payton Jordahl has done a good job long-snapping. That was a key position battle heading into camp, as Jared Hartman, perfect on all 67 punt snaps last season, is forgoing his senior year of eligibility after getting an engineering job.
* Kill on the team’s young wide receivers: “I think we hit the jackpot on talent. They’ve got to learn what to do.”