Published Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm / Updated at 11:02 pm
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Notes: Gophers learn to deal with Kill's absence

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who suffered his fifth game-day epileptic seizure Saturday in 2Ĺ seasons, hadn't been back to the office as of Tuesday and was replaced on the Big Ten teleconference by Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys.

Minnesota has an open date and isn't scheduled to practice until later this week.

Claeys said he spoke by phone with Kill on Tuesday morning, but not about game-planning or personnel.

“He's doing good,” Claeys said. “He's continuing to get the rest he needs and working with the doctors to do the best they can to get the situation under control with medicine. They still believe they can do that.”

Claeys declined to speculate if Kill would be back to work already if Minnesota had a game this week, or whether he would be able to coach by Saturday.

The team has learned to adjust to Kill being absent. Said Claeys, “None of us like to see him go through it, but we're all comfortable with the situation.”

Players of the week

Offense: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. Abdullah, a junior from Homewood, Ala., ran for a career-high 225 yards in a win over Illinois. Hyde, a senior from Naples, Fla., ran for 168 yards and three second-half touchdowns in a win over Northwestern.

Defense: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The senior from Dry Beach, Ga., had two interceptions and eight tackles in a win over Iowa.

Special teams: Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. The junior from Suwanee, Ga., blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in a win over Northwestern.

Freshman: Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., product had five tackles, two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in a win over Northwestern.

Quote of the week

From Kristen Dantonio, college-aged daughter of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, while on the sideline Saturday during the Iowa game:

“Hey, Dad! Dad! Don't forget the trickery.”

Soon after, Dantonio called a fake punt that worked for 25 yards and helped MSU defeat the Hawkeyes 26-14.

Stat of the week

Ohio State has outscored its opponents 126-28 in the first quarter. That's an average of 21-5.

Bits and pieces

Ľ Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan, who hasn't played yet while recovering from torn knee ligaments in April, might see action Saturday at Penn State.

Ľ Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon (knee strain) has practiced “full steam” this week, coach Gary Andersen said, so the Big Ten's leading rusher should be ready for Northwestern.

Ľ Iowa would have “a handful of guys questionable” if it played this week. But with a bye, coach Kirk Ferentz expects his team at full health Oct. 19 at Ohio State. Among the injured are starting tailback Mark Weisman and starting wideout/returner Kevonte Martin-Manley.

Contact the writer: Lee Barfknecht

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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