Hoke Monday presser

Submitted by dnak438 on November 18th, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Opening statement:
  • Defense kept M in the game
  • Offense needs to work on finishing better in the redzone
  • Need to improve on 3rd down
  • Derrick and Deveon did a nice job
  • Gallon jumping on the ball on the punt to save time was a smart football play
  • FG at the end of regulation: Dileo made a great effort, Gibby did well, Glanda's snap was good, team did a "tremendous job"


  • On Fitz starting next week: "We'll see."

EDIT: extras via Twitter:

Hoke said Toussaint had "a little bit of a concussion"..practiced during week but didn't practice enough...expects him to practice this week

— angelique (@chengelis) November 18, 2013

Hoke, on the development of Shane Morris, "Probably has about 75-80% of a grasp on the offense (now), in September it was probably 45-50%."

— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 18, 2013
Hoke said at one point Gardner had to use a timeout because "he couldn't feel his left arm." — Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 18, 2013


Lewan says he's aware of heat on Funk but praised him. Says best position coach he's had

— angelique (@chengelis) November 18, 2013



Sten Carlson

November 18th, 2013 at 1:04 PM ^

"We'll see..." When I was a kid and my dad would respond with, "we'll see" I came to realize that it almost always meant, "no."

I feel bad for Fitz, but it about the team. I think the OL is certainly an issue, and a big one, but Fitz just isn't going forward and gaining those tough yards that are there on most runs.

PS -- anyone have a GIF of Green's long run and especially the blow he delivered at the end?


November 18th, 2013 at 1:07 PM ^

Please have a plan of attack against Ohio State. Please have a plan of attack against Ohio State. Please have a plan of attack against Ohio State. Their defense is average. Chew as much clock as possible

San Diego Mick

November 18th, 2013 at 1:11 PM ^

that stating Fitz starting is a "we'll see" situation, is just coach speak and that he saw with his own eyes that the 2 frosh RB's are better than Fitz.

They ran harder and hit the hole quicker, they certainly weren't any worse at blocking, pretty hard to be worse to begin with. Please play the 2 frosh so that they don't even think about transferring and more importantly, getting some experience for next year.

Look, I appreciate seniors and what they've done and been through, but the better players need to play, it's a very simple concept. Hoke needs to decide, are we going to coddle players or try to win while still treating players fairly.


November 18th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

I agree with you in general, but freshman -- even highly recruited ones -- should probably not take the "I'm going to play immediately or transfer" attitude.  Football is not like basketball where one freshman recruit can make a large difference.


November 18th, 2013 at 4:37 PM ^

The frosh RBs need to play because they are so much better at blocking and, frankly, running the ball effectively.  I always thought Fitz was wildly overrated.  Have you even seen a guy get tackled by a shirt pull more often than him.  Plus, he just can't block.  Period.  Time to move on.  Give Green a majority of the carries.  Have Fitz take about a third and we will be fine. 


November 18th, 2013 at 1:14 PM ^

but I really liked Green in place of Fitz. A few times Green used his shoulder and bowled into defenders and I loved it. I think that 'light' is coming on that's saying "I am heavier than every LB and DB on the field. I will punish them". He looked good

After reading Brian's write-up, I'm curious if the few times we threw a bubble screen aided the running game tremendously. We had more running room than we've had in weeks


November 18th, 2013 at 1:31 PM ^

Hoke, on the development of Shane Morris, "Probably has about 75-80% of a grasp on the offense (now), in September it was probably 45-50%."

So he knows 3 of our 4 plays now?

I kid, I kid.  Just a standard predictable offense joke.

Loved Green and Deveon Smith in there.  Vividly remember Green bulldozing one of the defenders and it was nice.  I appreciate Fitz's contributions but he's starting to suffer from our offense IMO.  He was meant to be speedy and run in space, not big and plow over defenders.  While it's hard to take too much away from one game, our RB position could be looking much more promising with these two.