Mattison talks Michigan

Bryan Mattison met with the media on Tuesday. Read what he had to say in this premium update.

Q: (On Drew Tate's toughness)

Bryan Mattison: He's definitely a tough kid and a competitor.

Q: What is it about Michigan that every year, it seems to be a highly-anticipated, big game?

Mattison: It's Michigan. They've always been good, they're always going to be good. It's just a big game.

Q: Do you feel like the defensive line is better now than it was in September? You guys are making some bigger plays out there.

Mattison: We've made a few steps, but we've still got a long way to go if we want to be good in the Big Ten.

Q: Bryan, how old were you in 1985?

Mattison: One year old.

Q: You were one?

Mattison: Yeah.

Q: So do you remember the #1 versus #2?

Mattison: No, not at all. I've heard about it.

Q: When you see guys with the arm-pads from that era, the mesh jerseys, do you guys kind of laugh at that stuff now?

Mattison: Things have changed a lot since then. I don't know, I guess it's kind of humorous. They were definitely good football players back then, too.

Q: What have you heard and how did you hear about that game?

Mattison: You just hear people talk about it. Some of the guys that are from Iowa the other day were talking about it like 3 weeks ago. I don't know how it came up at lunch, I don't know. I haven't seen any game film or anything. I've heard it was a pretty big game though.

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