By: Tom Millikan
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined Stoney, Bill and Sara this morning. Hoke talked about how well Michigan played this past Saturday at Purdue in their first Big 10 road game.
“We started well. Defensively we went three and out. And then our offense had a 17-play drive. We play really good defense when our offense is on the field. From a stand point of getting Denard the ball the offense worked. We controlled the football game and we finished.”
Hoke talked about Fitz Toussaint’s struggles at running back and if Thomas Rawls will see more time.
“When you look at it you have to give Purdue some credit. They really made an effort to stop him. Fitz opened up things for Denard to have space.
Hoke was asked should they be ranked.
“I don’t know. We’re just trying to get better every week. We were terrible in our kick coverage. We couldn’t tackle. Those are things you can’t do if you want to be a championship team.”
Many think the Michigan – Michigan State game on October 20 will decide the Big Ten’s Legend’s division, and possibly a trip to Pasadena. Hoke refused to look ahead to the matchup.
“The way we’ve practiced I think we’re looking at Illinois. We need to have a great session today. We really like how our team has focused in on every game now. Every game is a championship game.”
“Illinois coming in to town now has gotten healthy. Nathan Scheelhaase is not back running the offense. It was a 7-7 game against Wisconsin last week at halftime. Scheelhasse has played well in Ann Arbor. Defensively they’ve gone back to playing fundamental football. They’re leading the league in 3rd down defense.”
Finally, Hoke discussed the passing of legendary Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras.
“Number one the intensity that Karras played with. Blazing Saddles and his role should have been Oscar nominated when he knocked the horse out.”