Thank goodness to that!
Monday 9/13 Presser Notes: Players
On Heisman hype: "I don't pay attention to none of that." He doesn't have cable,and doesn't go on websites that talk about it. For entertainment "I like being around my teammates, and around the players." The opinion on him has really changed: "A lot of people doubted me last year... I really don't care what other people think about me."
Staying humble: "My mom raised me to be humble, and always keep your eyes on the prize, and on you go." Can't get a big head. People back home tell Denard he's gotta keep going "It's not the end." What is the prize to aim for? "Try to keep winning for Michigan. Be all-in."
Are teams trying to knock him out? Yeah, but you can't control that. "I guess you've gotta be ready to take blows like that, shots like that." He's a little sore, but you've gotta get through it.Denard is stronger and faster than he was in high school. Can take more of a pounding, reads defenses better. "You get better when you get to the next level because you have great coaching."
Other teams recruiting him said receiver, corner. Michigan's pitch was "you'll be a quarterback unless you want to play something different."
Growing up, he watched "Charles Woodson, you gotta say the great guys who came through Michigan" but watched the great players from the Florida teams. Mostly receivers, RBs, guys with the ball in their hands. He's never talked to him or met Pat White, but it's an honor to be compared to him. "That's somebody that's set records." Denard has watched lots of tape of him. Great runner and passer. "Same thing they listed me at: as an athlete."
"When the offensive linemen are blocking like that and it's god-willing, I can do whatever."
QBs are a happy family. "We're all brothers on this team." Tate, Devin, Jack happy for him after the game. The team is having fun. "Just starving to get better."
The RBs are all-in for Michigan, and nobody's going against each other. "Michael Shaw is a tough, tough dude." He tells Denard to make the read, and if he has to pull the ball, so be it.
Punting - Practiced it a lot, and RR makes a big deal about QBs being able to punt. "I wouldn't like to punt. We don't want to punt any balls."
"Classmates, they don't really say to much. They probably just say 'great game, and just keep doing it.'"
"Both of my parents like smiling. My whole family smiles all the time. It's just something that goes through my family, I guess."
"Denard is probably the best person that could have all this fame." He can handle it, and doesn't seek it out. "He's not gonna get taken by the storm."
RBs - "Our running backs are forming. Denard's been taking a lot of it as we all know. they're going to step up and they're gonna be big."
Ranking doesn't change his view of the season "I don't like the attention that comes with all of it." Would rather see the team stick together. The team came in ranked 80th, now 20th, will change other teams' view of them.
"Everyone's more mature, no one's making mistakes" frorm last year.
OL is doing well, but there are always places to improve. Will find and make those improvements over the course of the season. Playing center in a spread offense is "probably no different than any other center in the country." He starts with the ball, so his screwups look bad. It's nothing he can't handle. "Offensive line play, in my eyes, really doesn't change. I just get to hit people, snap the ball."
On fan perception of Rich Rod: "They hate him when we lose, and they love him when we win."
It was amazing to see guys come together when drives would stall because of mistakes. "It was more come together: 'we know we need a drive.'"
"We don't really look at rankings. We're still playing like we're ranked 80th in the nation." The players all citing the 80th ranking is not a marketing ploy, it was the truth coming in. They're trying to earn everybody's respect back. Anything provides motivation.
Is it tough to get up for a powderpuff? There's no such thing. "We saw that with App State. We underestimated them, and it'll never happen again." Michigan will give their all against every team.
The defense wasn't low about allowing the last ND touchdown. "It happened one play ago, so we have to flush that in order to be ready for the next play." During Michigan's game-winning drive, Banks was just reminding everyone to stay focused and be ready to get back out there.
UConn and ND have great OLs, not taking anything away from them "we can only focus on what we can do."
Doesn't matter what year it is, "The Notre Dame game is the Notre Dame game. Big either way you look at it."
Can't replace Brandon Graham. It's not the player they're filling, it's the position. "I can only play within my limits. I talk to him every day before the game, before practice." Graham is a mentor. "He's a great friend of mine that I'll have for the rest of my life."
Preparing for an FCS team - "just gotta stay humble. Go out and prepare every week like it's the biggest game of the year." Prepare the same way as other games. Didn't see any of JMU's win against Virginia Tech. "I didn't see any of it, so I don't know."
UMass receivers - get scouting books today and learn more about them.
Michael Floyd "I kind of picked of some of his tendencies early from watching film." Prepared well for him. You have to watch as much film as you can for a little advantage over an exceptional opponent.
Denard off the field "He's a great kid. He's only a sophomore, but the kid's a leader." First one to workouts, etc. "Boy's a speedster. When I see him, I just look at it like it's a track meet. He's just gonna cross that goal line and be a champion."
DBs get together as a unit to watch film "I gotta help these young cats out a little bit." Help them use the film system, etc. Cam Gordon- "Cam's a hard worker. Me and Cam worked out together over the summertime." He'll watch the film and get better - he's his own biggest critic.
Comfort level - "I go out and play, just have fun every week. I feel that I've got nothing to lose." Have fun, play with enthusiasm. Always get out there and have fun with it. Saw Woolfolk's injury and any position switch as an opportunity. "I knew when Troy went down, I knew I had to step up my leadership as a senior."
Half the team probably doesn't even know they're ranked.
Denard "He's the best, man. He's a real down-to-earth guy... I can't say enough good things about him, I'm just proud to be on this team with him."
Jonas Mouton - "Man, I love having him on my side." He's a great ommunicator, always gives 110%.
Extremely impressed with James Rogers's play against ND. "He's always had the work ethic," and just needed a bit of game experience.
The goal is always to win for Michigan. Stay focused and keep the hunger.
"It was one of the most exciting games I've ever been a part of." Confidence "I definitely believe this is a step in the positive direction." Still a lot of stuff that needs to be patched up. The road victory is something that can be attributed to hard work and preparation.
UMass has a good group of receivers. Work hard to prepare for them.
On his interception: "It was a big weight off my shoulders, just getting that first one. It's aways elusive." The secondary did well, had some good plays. Gave up a couple plays they wish they could have back.
Unfair perception of the secondary - it's just something out there, everyone's inexperienced. "Every week we've just gotta go out there and prove we really belong here."
I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading these presser transcripts from the players and coaches.
We have a great group of young men, and I am so proud of all of them.
I've really been impressed this year, from the countdown to kickoff videos, through fan day and now the post game pressers, with how much these guys seem to have their heads on straight. Their words reflect what you see on the sidelines: they really seem to be doing whatever they can to support each other and win for Michigan. I'm really proud of them, and couldn't ask for anything more.
i like that, more than any other time over the past three years, all of these kids sound like they're having fun.
before games? God I love this team
Serious. BG is the man.
Who is Denard and the rest of this team???? I don't think I could have dreamed of better and more humble hard-working loveable off-the-field athletes. Go to hell all of you "not Michigan men" critics of RRod and his recruiting, there is absolutely no way I that I could be more proud to share a degree with these guys.
Denard's comments about the other QB's was great "Tate was really happy for me after the game... Devin was too... and Jack."
Hopefully we can see Jack sometime in the next three weeks. It will mean that things are going really really well... or really really bad I guess.
I liked that, too. When your star QB is talking about a walk-on as an equal, you know he's really "all in" to the concept of team. And I'll bet the team notices those little things.
Positive, hardworking, humble and they support each other. I really hope that young players(k-12) throughout the country take note of not just Michigan's accomplishments on the field but also how they carry themselves when they're off the field. You can truly feel that this team is all about the team. They don't want to let any of their teammates down and they want to represent Michigan is the best way that they can. It is an honor for me to be a classmate with these guys.
I love Molk.
That is all.
And if we said more than that, he'd enjoy knocking the fuck out of us.
I love the approach that this team is taking. They are staying away from the accolades and superlatives that are attributed with big ego's. The fact that half the team doesn't even know that we're ranked is awesome. Great to see this teams overall hunger. They want to win every game and are willing to prepare and work as hard as needed to do so. We're headed in the right direction and we're going to stay there for a very long time to come.
Teamwork and focus. It's not unusual for me to choke up watching hype videos or Brock walking. Now I'm to the point where I can't even read presser recaps without noticing how dusty the room is.
Bo Schembechler - THE Michigan Man - during interviews, alwayas stressed the importance of The Team. He even gave a fairly popular pre-game pep talk in which he emphasized "the team, the team, the team."
Watching this group of players from the spring interviews through this concerence, the one thing that has stood out is how much they have all embraced Bo's "the team" mentality.
When Denard is asked about the Heisman, you can see that he is being genuine, and not just repeating what he was told to say, when he says that he doesn't put any focus into that. You can see it in the way that the O-linemen say "we" instead of "I" or "he." You can see it in the way that they rarely talk specifically about any of the individual RBs - the say "the runnning backs." There is an almost sub-conscious attempt by this team to focus entirely upon the group as a whole, as opposed to individual accomplishments or mistakes.
To those who say that RR is not a Michigan Man, this (as well as his involvement with Brock, the way that the players' parents speak of him and his statement about how his players hand the ball to the refs in the endzone) should go a long way towards silencing such a baseless accusation. RR is a class act, and he is successfully instilling that class in his players.
Agree with every point.
When we think about what sports is supposed to be about, the collective over-achievement that these guys seem capable of is pretty much it. The whole point of sport is to remind us that we can reach higher with the right commitment, attitude, and hard work. I know it's only week 2, and that our present euphoria can easily be crushed into despair, but listening to these young guys I think it is more likely that something special is about to happen. This is shaping up to be a team that we honor for years to come and that helps us to be idealists again. I am sure that there are limits to what they can achieve, but right now I'm not sure they know what those limits are, and I don't think that I do, either. A couple of weeks ago I was just hoping that RR could keep his job so that we could see what next year has to offer. Right now? Who cares about next year!
I definitely don't have much confidence in our secondary as a whole but I gotta admit that I have been impressed as hell with floyd and rogers. Those were the two players I was most concerned about coming into the season and after two games they have me convinced. Very Very pleasantly surprised with these two.
Humble, ready to smile, thanks God for his successes, deflects praise onto those around him, and excellent at what he does...
I'm 5 years older than this guy, and I want to be like him when I grow up. :p
about as good as it gets. And look at what dividends it is paying. Contrast that to last year's UM basketball team. This unity and team spirit will just help them keep getting better and better by the week. By late season, this team could be pretty damn good.
By the way, I think that this year's BB team will have great team chemistry.
In the past our players have all sounded like NFL players to me.( not that it was a bad thing to sound professional) Theses guys just seem like kids who are genuinely having fun playing college football..and have all bought in to what RR is teaching. Really refreshing, proud of them all.
I can't believe how good these write-ups make me feel.
There really is something about their attitude and their humility.
Last year around this time what we were hearing in press conferences was Tate saying "I don't get nervous"...I like this a lot better
I don't know how long we will be able to stay under the national radar the way Denard is playing, but I hope we can manage it for a few more weeks, and let's just keep focused on our next opponent and win the games we're supposed to
Also, we won a road game!!!! That hadn't happened in a while.
This team sounds like a family, the way they are pulling together and fighting adversity. This sounds like the total opposite from what that giant deuche traitor Justin Boren said. I hope we whoop the bucks this year and show him.