Jerry Kill has worked hard to get his epilepsy in check heading into another football season. Now, about that leg injury.
The Gophers coach walked with a slight limp this week at Big Ten Media Days, still hobbling from an ill-advised decision to join the players in a recent conditioning drill.
“Jiminy Christmas, it’s the back of my low hamstring, down in my calf,” Kill grumbled Tuesday.
But the mere fact Kill even considered participating in a drill the players call “Up-downs” spoke volumes about his overall health. After taking a two-week leave last fall to manage his epilepsy and coaching several games from the press box, Kill was back to 100 percent, at least until the hamstring incident.
“I’ve done a lot of walking,” he said. “I dropped about 12-13 pounds, quit drinking Coke and Diet Coke. I’m drinking water. All the things that can help bring on (seizure) situations, I’ve made sure I addressed.”