"It was a privilege," Gardner said Monday night at the Ufer Quarterback Club Banquet in Ann Arbor. "I don't think people understand how much of a privilege it was to not only be a quarterback at Michigan, but just to be a part of this university whether you're a student-athlete or not," "And I knew that as a sophomore in high school. I knew this was a special place."
Over at Tremendous there is a great interview with PATRICK KUGLER. He has given very few interviews, and this one is a very nice read. You can see why Patrick is such a critical recruit, and why he is rated so highly. Having a father coaching OL in the NFL and a brother playing in the Big 10 puts him way ahead of the pack in football intelligence. Kugler is one of those guys, like Molk and Kovacs, who have an edge and will play way beyond what might be expected.
Here is an insightful quote that shows Kugler's maturity and understanding of what is involved in playing center at Michigan:
Tremendous: The belief is that you are Michigan's center of the future. How do you prepare yourself mentally knowing you might be called upon earlier in your career than maybe the other guys in the class?
Patrick: I know every kid wants to get on the field as early as they can, but I am really looking forward to redshirting. Center is a difficult position and I want to use that year to develop a college-ready body and learn the system as best I can so that when I am called upon I am ready to go from the start.
This is a long interview, but if you're starved for info, it is well worth the time to read it.
I have been extremely impressed with all of the players that I have seen video interviews of lately. They all seem like extremely intelligent kids that are really excited to be representing Michigan. Not only that, but there seems to be a determination to get it right this fall. Coach Rodriguez throws around "conscientious" a lot, but I don't know if there is a better word to describe most of these kids.
So here's my question - it seems they are having a ton of fun compared to previous years (even under Rodriguez): So, are we getting more access to these guys? Are they more empowered to show emotions (good or bad) than under Lloyd/previous RR years? Or maybe are they less worried to say something they will get in trouble for?
I'm sure most of us have seen the great diary from Boyz n da Pahokee:
Here's a link to the Rivals site with a string of interviews that are great: