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If Gray can’t go because of his injury, freshman Max Shortell will have to learn on the job again after showing promise in a second-half comeback that fell just short at USC in the opener.

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill expects to be on the sideline just days after leaving the team seeking more treatment for seizures he’s had the past three weeks. Gophers linebacker Aaron Hill insisted Kill’s health has not been a distraction for the team.

“We’ve got other people who are dealing with that right now so we’re doing what we have to do, doing what the coaches are telling us,” Hill said. “They’re keeping us informed on everything that’s happening and do what coach Kill wants us to do to get out there and execute.”

Minnesota spoke with Hoke before it hired Kill and before Hoke left San Diego State to coach at Michigan. Both teams are more interested in winning a game in which the Little Brown Jug, the oldest trophy game in major college football that dates to 1909, goes to the victor.

Michigan will defend it for the first time since 2008, hoping not to lose it for just the third time three-plus decades.

“That Brown Jug, it’s pretty important to us,” Hoke said. “We would like to keep it here in Ann Arbor.”