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Gophers' first practice under Kill in the books

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- New Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has finished his first official practice with the team.

It was a hands-on experience.

"The kids were trying to do what we asked them to do," head coach Jerry Kill said of his first spring practice with the Gophers. "I thought they did OK. It was solid. I'd like to go a little faster as we go. It was OK today. I wasn't disappointed. As they learn and get used to us and we get used to them and you work together, it's about relationships and communication and things of that nature. They're trying to do that, so I certainly wasn't disappointed today. The kids responded to the coaches and the coaching very well."

Kill ran an upbeat workout on Thursday at the team's indoor facility on campus with plenty of intensity for a spring practice, even putting himself through some of the drills. Kill said afterward that's simply the way he's always coached.

Kill said it was too early to determine how the players are doing, but his message this spring has been that the team has a lot of work to do to catch up in conditioning and in the classroom.

Senior safety Kim Royston was on the field for practice for the first time in almost a year. He broke his leg last spring and was forced to miss the entire 2010 season.