The fifth-year senior quarterback is at an important point in his career with starter Taylor Martinez bothered by turf toe. Kellogg and Tommy Armstrong handled the snaps against South Dakota State (with Armstrong starting), and the two could be in line to handle things similarly Saturday against Illinois.
Q: You’ve been around here long enough, do you see a shift at all in mentality when Big Ten season starts?
A: With some people you can, but for the most part, the entire team knows whether it’s the nonconference or a conference game that every snap and every series is serious, and obviously can affect our future later on. So we just want to take advantage of whoever we play.
Q: Did you sit and watch football with a Saturday off or did you stay away from it?
A: This past bye week I watched football from 11 (a.m.) to like the very end, the very last game. I enjoy watching football. I really don’t try to not watch it. It’s something where I can, I guess, watch other teams play and other quarterbacks, and plus you get to relax and just watch it.
Q: After playing as much as you did the week before and possibly seeing similar work again this week, does that change your philosophy or intensity at all in practice?
A: It really doesn’t change my mindset. I still want to have fun. I still want to go out there and compete, and take every day and take full advantage of it. Regardless of who’s playing this weekend, we all still have to be accountable and understand what’s going on with Illinois. I think that’s the most important part, not taking a step back and relaxing and gloating about what we did two weeks ago.
Q: You feel as if you’ve been able to help Tommy Armstrong through all of this as he’s gotten his first chances as a redshirt freshman?
A: I feel like I’ve been able to help him, yeah. I’ve been in the program for what seems like 12 years now and I’ve had a lot of experience helping out Taylor, and whatever detail or suggestion I can give to Tommy, I have no problem doing it. He’s got three years left to play, so whatever advice I can give to him to help him out, I want to do.
Q: As often as you get referred to as a coach on the field, is that something you’ve thought about possibly doing when you’re done playing? Like Joe Ganz is doing now?
A: I’ve considered it. I’ve been talking to Coach Beck and Coach Bo about it. I love the game of football, and coaching would be the next best thing (to playing). I’d still be able to be around the players and teammates, and help to get victories for us. Anything I can do to help out, I’m willing to do.