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Associated Press, Published October 16 2012

U coach Kill says he's fine, but Gray's status in question

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has returned from his latest seizure.

Kill said Tuesday he's “going full speed” after the episode following Saturday's loss to Northwestern. Kill spent that night in a hospital but was discharged the next morning after tests confirmed he was in “excellent health,” according to team physician Dr. Pat Smith.

Kill has had a long history with seizures.

Last year, he suffered one on the sideline late in his first home game with Minnesota. He had several more that month and though he didn't miss any games, he needed treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to get on a program to better control them. The seizure on Saturday was his first publicized occurrence this season.

“It's not something that I think really throws off our team much. We just keep rolling with it, and we know he'll be ready to go. He's a passionate coach. He'll be out there. He'll be coaching us. So we're all excited for that,” wide receiver A.J. Barker said.

Whether quarterback MarQueis Gray will be participating in Saturday's game at Wisconsin remains a question.

The senior has been wearing a walking boot on sprained left ankle he aggravated in Saturday's game, and Kill said Gray tried to jog on Tuesday morning and “struggled a little bit with it.”

Kill said Gray is back to where he was two weeks ago, after initially suffering the injury on Sept. 15.

“He just had some tough luck. That's all there is to it. But he'll battle back and find a way,” Kill said. “Our deal is we've just got to find a way to keep him healthy.”

If Max Shortell starts again at quarterback, Gray could play some at wide receiver. Two of Minnesota's best at that position -- Isaac Fruechte and Marcus Jones -- are questionable to play the Badgers with unspecified injuries, Kill said. Also, starting left tackle Ed Olson “probably won't play” with an unspecified injury.


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