Michigan Media Day: The Players

Submitted by Tim on August 28th, 2009 at 11:25 AM

First we talked coaches, and now onto the players themselves.

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Michael Shaw

  • Shaw is hoping that he will be able to stay fully healthy this year. He has his burst back, and he just needs to get his confidence going full blast again.
  • "I'm kinda favoring it [the injury]. My confidence is returning, and I just can't let up in rehab."
  • The indication that there was something truly wrong was the Minnesota game. He was caught from behind for the first time in his career - "and I've been playing football since I was 7 years old" - and his dad called and said there must be something more serious wrong with him.

Kevin Grady

  • The team had lots to prove in the offseason, and they took their workouts to a whole new level to prove it.
  • Grady will play both fullback and tailback "whatever position helps the team win." Being able to play multiple positions gives the team more personnel versatility.
  • "I haven't played with my brother since I was a sophomore [in high school], so it should be pretty cool."

Greg Mathews

  • As defending the spread goes, it's the more experienced defensive teams that are best at trying to shut them down.
  • Mathews isn't sure whether the spread offense will best help prepare him for the NFL. "I still have my old playbook, so I can always look at that." If anything, he says playing in multiple offenses over his career might help make him a better all-around receiver.
  • Different offenses (such as the spread) work well in college, which is what makes the college game more fun to watch. However, in the NFL, there are so many good athletes on defense that it's difficult for these offenses to succeed.

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Justin Turner

  • He has only been in Ann Arbor a little over two weeks, though he participated in voluntary workouts over the summer. It was frustrating to wait at home and miss the first week of practice, especially because he needed to get going on the adjustment to college ball.
  • Turner grew up a Michigan fan (and took grief from Ohio State fans once he committed to the Wolverines), and he has some family in the area, so if he feels homesick, they're only 20 minutes away.
  • Charles Woodson was the reason that Turner liked Michigan as a child, and he was happy to get the #2 jersey to honor his idol. Though he hasn't met Woodson, his eyes lit up when told that he would probably have the opportunity. "Today?" Sorry, it will have to wait until the season.

Kevin Koger

  • Koger will be used as a true TE, flexed out wide, and this year, they're adding in some packages as an H-Back.
  • In terms of catching passes, his use won't be too different from last year - though hopefully he'll see more passes thrown his way: "If I'm open, I'll get the ball."

Brandon Minor

  • He's looking forward to spending a year healthy. The wrist injury plagued him all last year - even after he made his breakthrough later in the season.
  • It was a relief to break out against Penn State, but not too big because he was expecting to do it eventually. That doesn't mean he was too frustrated with his performance leading up to the game, though. He's forgotten about all of the struggles last year (both individual and team) and looking forward to this year.
  • He doesn't care if splitting carries reduces his time in the spotlight, saying "I'll take them as they come. Whatever helps us win."

Don't forget about Paul's media day photo gallery, either. It features Michigan QBs holding hands, and should not be missed.

Comments

the_white_tiger

August 28th, 2009 at 11:36 AM ^

If Koger = Aaron Hernandez from Florida, I'll be one happy camper. That triple option they ran (whcih is a speed option with Tebow and Harvin, with the H-Back coming across for a shovel pass) is lethal. Let's see if Michigan can incorporate it and run it effectively.

kgroff531

August 28th, 2009 at 1:43 PM ^

I have to agree with that point about the Florida triple option. However, I will just be happy to run ANY option play. I still have nightmares of Threet trying to run the option (though he did it a handful of times when teams weren't expecting it) with his wind-aided 5.4 sec forty speed. I know I'm not the only one that felt like Mich was one semi-fast, accurate (short pass) QB away from being a bowl team last year.

sjs1984

August 28th, 2009 at 11:37 AM ^

I am concerned that all the updates we have seen so far, Minor has been sporting a variety of minor injuries, headaches, etc... Will he finally be healthy to start the season?

Shaw - Where is he really on the depth chart? Every update I can read shows Minor Rage, Brown, and V. Smith... some do not even mention Shaw. FWIW... I think a healthy Shaw may have more of an impact than a Brown/Smith.

Hannibal.

August 28th, 2009 at 1:12 PM ^

That's a shame about Shaw. Maybe it would be wise to redshirt him to let him get healthy for a year and let Minor, Brown, Smith, Grady, Moundros, etc carry the ball.

Tim

August 28th, 2009 at 2:17 PM ^

Shaw spends an entire interview saying he's finally healthy... and you interpret it to mean that he's unhealthy and needs a redshirt?

He's probably a rather clear #3 behind Minor and Brown. A redshirt is almost entirely out of the question.

Don

August 28th, 2009 at 4:22 PM ^

I just read what is written here, which is: "I'm kinda favoring it [the injury]. My confidence is returning, and I just can't let up in rehab."

It doesn't sound to me that he's fully recovered—since he's still favoring it—and he's still in the process of rehabilitation, which not infrequently means an injury isn't 100% healed.

There were all of three paragraphs, two of which talk about the injury in past and present tense, and one paragraph in which he mentions hoping to stay injury free, but you call that spending an entire interview talking about how healthy he is. If there is another portion of the interview somewhere else, where is it?