MINNEAPOLIS With the University of Minnesota football team in the midst of its bye week, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill didn't hold his usual weekly press conference Tuesday. But Kill did address the media during the Big Ten coaches teleconference.
On the call, Kill was asked plenty about sophomore quarterback Max Shortell, who made his second start of the year last Saturday at Iowa, a 31-13 Gophers loss. In that game, Shortell threw three interceptions -- including one that was returned 68 yards for a touchdown.
But Kill didn't put much blame on the sophomore quarterback for those interceptions. The first one was a deep pass intended for A.J. Barker that was taken away by Iowa's Tanner Miller along the sideline.
"I think that as you watch film, the first interception's really not an interception. Our receiver caught the ball, A.J. Barker, and the defensive back made a great play and took it out of A.J.'s hands," Kill said. "The next interception, we throw a fade route, which is ...