By: Tom Millikan
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined the Stoney & Bill show Thursday morning on 97.1 The Ticket where he was asked about the status of quarterback Denard Robinson heading into Saturday’s noon kickoff versus Northwestern.
“We’ve got a plan in place and we’ve been running the plan out through the week,” he said.
Pressed on the matter of Robinson, Hoke said.
“I don’t know yet. The plan is to go out and win a football game.”
Hoke was asked to explain Devin Gardner’s transition from quarterback to wide receiver and back to quarterback.
“There was an athlete that wanted to help the team so he played wide receiver,” Hoke said. “It would have been unfair to play Devin at quarterback against Nebraska because of reps.”
Did playing wide receiver throughout the season help Gardner with his play at quarterback against Minnesota?
“There is no doubt,” Hoke said. “The mentality of how you approach the game. The toughness we demand from a wide receiver. There’s a different toughness at quarterback. It helped him a lot. There was a lot of growth.”
Hoke said Gardner will compete for the starting quarterback position with Russell Bellamy in 2013. Stoney asked if Gardner might pursue a redshirt from his freshman season. Hoke said that is something Michigan will pursue in the off-season . If Gardner’s redshirt is approved it would mean he would have two years of eligibility moving forward.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has been visibly frustrated by pass interference calls against his secondary. Hoke discussed the matter.
“Frustrating? There isn’t any question,” Hoke said. “We’ve had our share of good calls too, but you ask how can that be interference and this isn’t. Some officials are very technical. Some give you more leeway. It’s difficult.”
Finally, a 9-year-old girl made national headlines for her speed on the football field. Hoke has a daughter in her 20s. He was asked if he would have let his daughter play when she was younger.
“Yes. No doubt. She would love to now,” Hoke said.
Below is the video of the 9-year old.