Thought I'd give a quick rundown the kickoff dinner:
Hoke didn't say much that we didn't already know, but here are a few highlights:
- He said that Toussaint didn't have just a good camp, but a "great camp." Spoke more about Johnson and Hayes as backups than Green.
- Asked what would happen if things go as expected against CMU, he indicated that Morris could take a few snaps.
One of my favorite players from my college years, John Kolesar, spoke next. After a video of his big catches in the '85 and '88 OSU games, and the '88 Bowl game against Alabama, he said despite the big game heroics one of his favorite moments was early in the 2nd half against USC in the '89 Rose Bowl when he suggested in the huddle that Demetrius Brown throw to Cris Calloway in the red zone because Calloway ran the post route better than Kolesar did, leading to a touchdown that sparked Michigan's comeback. He said that he felt that reflected the Michigan team concept. As a freshman, he talked about Schembechler telling the Michigan Daily that he was disappointed in his incoming running back recruiting class when Kolesar was the only RB in the class. When he asked Bo about it, Bo poked him in the chest and said "that's why I'm moving you to receiver Kolesar." Later Schembechler said that he gave him the number 40 because Kolesar reminded Bo of Rob Lytle -- after Kolesar reminded him that Lytle was 41 Bo replied "close enough Kolesar." He also mentioned that his dad babysat Jim Tressel.
Sam Webb was an entertaining final speaker. He did a great job. He talked about Heclinski being shot down by D'Antonio followed by MSU imitating Michigan with a Director of Player Personnel and updated locker rooms/scoreboards. He expessed confidence about Hand and McDowell (more emphatically with Hand). He thought that Michigan's most likely loss was against NW.