The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ inside michigan athletics ���Wait, Rich Rodriguez is gone, isn���t he? One week after throwing for 338 yards against Notre Dame, Shoelace looked every bit the QB that was at the controls of RichRod���s spread as he completed just seven passes against Eastern Michigan, while running 26 times, one for a 52-yard gain. It was the most attempts he has had since running 27 times against Penn State on Oct. 30, and should be cause for concern given the number of times he was banged-up last season.��� ������s Cory McCartney on early impression of Denard Robinson���s play this year They Said It ��� Fifth-year senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk on the myriad injuries he���s already had this year, including a sprained ankle, broken hand and bloody nose ���I just tell people I got in a car accident because it���s comical now.��� ���I���ll probably just give it to my parents. It���s going to be a special jersey, for sure.��� ��� Senior linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald on being able to keep the throwback uniforms the Wolverines wore against Notre Dame ���He���s a guy that in his mind he probably felt like he hit rock bottom going two games without any production. He kept working and working. You could see it happen in practice ��� I saw a different guy. A guy that said, ���Okay, I���m going to buy into everything.��� And sure enough he goes out and plays like you���ve seen him play before. And he knows he can even play better than that.��� ��� Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison on junior defensive end Craig Roh���s breakout game against Eastern Michigan after going two games with out a tackle ���What I like about them is they are playing physical again. Brady Hoke brought the mentality back of, ���Hey, we���ve got to be tough, we���ve got to play physical and we���ve got to be smart.���That���s what I really like about what they���re doing this year.��� ��� Big Ten Network analyst and former Wolverine Jon Jansen on his early observations of the Maize and Blue ���With Oklahoma in the title game, the Fiesta Bowl will most certainly take Texas A&M or Oklahoma State. With one of the biggest surprises, Michigan will be the second-best team in the Big Ten and land here.��� ������s Jerry Palm on picking U-M to play in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl ���Chalk this up to a bit of luck, a load of magic and the amazing competitiveness of the most unique quarterback we���ve ever seen.��� ��� The Detroit News���s Photo by lon horwedel Bob Wojnowski on Michigan���s come-frombehind victory over Notre Dame ���There are the games he held his own at power forward against the likes of Illinois��� Mike Davis or UConn���s Jeff Adrien despite giving up five inches and 30 pounds to both. Or all the times he has sacrificed his body taking a charge in the lane or skidding across the floor after a loose ball. Or the day his freshman year when he returned to a game against Illinois with six stitches above his left eye mere minutes after an elbow from guard Alex Legion sent him to the locker room with rivers of blood pouring down his face.��� ������s Jeff Eisenberg on the leadership of senior Zack Novak ���This is what the NFL is all about today, and this is what Tom Brady does best. He thinks, he throws, he leads, he speeds up, he slows down, he rips the heart out of a defense and throws it 99 yards for the touchdown. And he does it all with the attitude of a guy who thinks seven years without a Super Bowl ring is long enough.��� ��� The Boston Herald���s Gerry Callahan on Tom Brady���s 517 passing yard-performance in the New England Patriot���s 38-24 week-one victory over the Miami Dolphins ���What is he? Is he a great football player? Is he a great quarterback? Is he neither? The Big Ten doesn���t even know what he is. Last year, he was the Big Ten���s Offensive Player of the Year, but was not the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback. How does that happen?��� ��� The Detroit News���s Terry Foster on junior quarterback Denard Robinson ���We���re not near the expectations we have, and I think the kids feel the same way. We would think we���d be further along.��� ��� Michigan head coach Brady Hoke on the early-season progress of his football team ���The standard for defensive line at Michigan is going to be the highest in the country at some point.��� ��� Fifth-year senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen on Brady Hoke���s expectations of the defensive line October 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 19

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