Monday Player Presser Notes 10-25-10 Comment Count

Tim October 25th, 2010 at 5:21 PM


Denard Robinson

Ready to get back on the field. Had a week off to relax. "I don't know if I can wait. I'd rather play right now. We'll see on Saturday how we come out."

"I can't put nothing on nothing. I was out there playing so I can't blame it on my shoulder." The injury can't be blamed for any of his interceptions.

"We've been treating it every single day so I feel 100% better. Ready to rock." Doesn't care if he gets held out of games if the team's winning. Trainers kept him out against Iowa in the second half.

Will Campbell: "He's gonna be nice, he's gonna be nice at offensive guard."

On helmet-to-helmet hits: "I think we should just go out there and play football." Don't limit the physical play too much. "I just try to avoid them, I guess."

The coaches told him to improve his decision making in the bye week. "Not rushing it, just calm down." Ran too hesitant in the past couple games. "Making the read faster."

Team's coming together a little bit more in the bye week. "We train harder, we practice harder, we play harder. More as a team and a family than last year."

"We could have prevented all of those turnovers. Just simple mistakes. You live and you learn, you can't make the same mistakes twice."

"I don't like talking at all. I love to lead in examples." Would rather show than speak up.

"Cam Newton, I mean he played a great game." Doesn't know him personally.

Vincent Smith

Didn't watch much football for enjoyment during the bye Saturday - just a bit of future opponents to get some info on them.

Health and attitude can be improved during the bye week. "Very excited. This bye week pretty much got us back on track." Mentally and physically, the team is better ready to go. "Just being more hungry."

Hopkins is different than Smith or Shaw: "Inside. He's a better downhill runner."

Fewer mistakes coming up? "Yes, obviously. This bye week helped us look at all the mistakes we had, and correct them." Worked on small things this week, which they may have been overlooking in the week-to-week grind of the past few games.

Slot WR? "I like being in space, out in wideout, at running back, any way for me to get the ball and I'm free in space."

100% over his knee injury.

The night game is "Taking me back to my high school games when I always played on Friday nights, so I'm pretty excited about it."

Stephen Schilling

Campbell and Washington "We always joke about those two switching them back and forth." He played DT kind of like an offensive lineman. "He can be a really really good offensive lineman. He's athletic, he's big, he's strong." Washington is a big hitter, so "I'm pretty excited to see what he can do against some other teams."

Team's leaders didn't address the team specifically in the bye week. The team just worked on fundamentals. "It was good to get a little rest this weekend... kinda recharge the battery and get ready to go."

Jibreel Black and Taylor Lewan are some young guys who are impressive. Lewan - "You just got to try to calm him down." Was a little too fired up against Iowa. "He has energy which is good, he's just gotta learn to control it and use it between the whistles."

Schilling only has 5 games left to finish his Michigan career. Wants to complete it the right way.

On Penn State: "It's a fun place to play, that's for sure." The night atmosphere is a bit different. "It's loud in there, it's hard to hear." The no-huddle might not be quite as affected with signaling.

Craig Roh

Fun game in a great place to play. Feed off the increased excitement of the crowd at night games. Excited to get back out there. Watched PSU play on Saturday. Nice to see the tempo of the game. "I get more out of watching film, but I do get something out of watching the live games."

"Every team in the NCAA has bumps and bruises. A week to heal them is great." Feels very refreshed after the bye week. Points of emphasis during bye week: fundamentals, making the right reads.

"Obviously on Saturday we can prepare a little bit more because it's a bit later of a game."

"We've been making steps this whole season." May not correlate on the field yet, but they're making improvements on D. "You can definitely see things that we're doing better now that we didn't do at the beginning of the season." Reading keys, breaking faster on the ball. The team has guys who want to be good, and are willing to put in the time, which will prevent another collapse like last year.

Quinton Washington - "I thought that Quinton should be playing defense about a month ago. He's got that aggressive manner that's good for defense." It's going to take some time for him to get comfortable there.

Kenny Demens: "great athlete, great build. I think he's doing great with the opportunities he's getting."

Mike Martin is an amazing athlete, can fight through double- and triple-teams.

"We just keep looking forward, looking ahead. We try not to think to much about the past. Just try to stay positive and always have a good attitude."


Arsenal Fan

October 25th, 2010 at 6:55 PM ^

Tate did play well against Iowa, but the Iowa gameplan was to stop denard.  It is comepletely different when Denard is in the game vs. Tate who is more of a passer who can run, but no where near the threat to run.  It is obvious that Denard is our guy, but it is nice to have 2 qbs (3 if you count Devin) and i love it, especially considering where we were just 3 years ago.  GO BLUE!!


October 25th, 2010 at 7:16 PM ^

IMO this was the perfect timing for a bye week. This team is still extremely young and this bye week looks like it is going to pay off. With what was essentially 3 weeks off (2 L's +1 bye) this team should be ready to go. I think a win in Happy Valley could propel a very nice finish to the season and get rid of all the nay sayers...again! Go Blue!


October 26th, 2010 at 9:32 AM ^

See my comment at the top of the page. Top 10 dumbass comment huh? Well thats probably the worst reply I've ever read. I'm curious as to why my comment was so "dumbass". Don't get me wrong...I love Michigan Football. I'm a huge fan and supporter. But my comment of having 3 weeks off is in reference to the fact that they were not competative in those games. The 2 L's plus a bye week essentially should set us up mentally for a hard nose, fundamentally sound victory.


October 26th, 2010 at 10:06 AM ^

Yeah your right, they weren't competitive.


They lost against two very good teams in MSU and Iowa. They held MSU to 0 points in the first quarter and essentially shot themselves in the foot. Toward the end of the game they started to come back, to no avail though. Against Iowa, UM lost by 10 but was in the game early and late. Again a few mistakes hurt them, but when you put up 522 yards of offense on a defense that was averaging about 260 yards allowed per game before then, I would say you were pretty competitive. You have a weak argument and make no sense that UM was off for the last three weeks.


October 25th, 2010 at 9:57 PM ^

glad to see all the positive thoughts about the changes, the bye week, the key players recovery, the trust (for the most part) in the coaches!  as a fan it is easy to be an arm chair QB, but really tough to trust the very people that are leading the team and players that we love!  here is to one win at a time.  Go Blue beat psu!


October 26th, 2010 at 9:17 AM ^

To understand "what the hell I'm talking about" you have to look at it from a wider point of view. Yes the guys went out there and played hard but things were not clicking...hence 2 L's= 2 weeks off. If the games had been close and our offense was doing what we all know it can do then I would not have made that comment. My comment of having 3 weeks off is based on a mental aspect not physical. Did we play those games...yes. Were we in those games...not really. I think we are setting our selves up perfectly for a shot at 9-3. I have a feeling the D will benefit the most from the bye week and in return allow our offense to "click" again.