Q. Do you like the idea of playing an SEC team in the Gator Bowl, a conference that has a lot of history and tradition and seemingly everyone thinks of the SEC as the best conference out there?
DARRYL STONUM: Obviously. You always hear about the SEC speed and the Big Ten is
like slow and just big muscle guys and the SEC is the fast, athletic guys. In
2008 Michigan did a great job against Florida, proving that we can play against
SEC teams. So we just want to go out there and prove again that we're not scared
of any SEC team, that we'll face anybody they put us up against.
Q. How does it feel in general to finally get to a Bowl game and now you can see
it, not necessarily the Gator Bowl but any Bowl?
DARRYL STONUM: It's pretty exciting. This will be my first Bowl game. I was down
there with the 2008 team because I was down there with my All-American game. But
to be a part of this Bowl game is special, get Michigan back into the Bowl game
running, and hopefully we can keep this going, keep the Bowl game streak going
and get Michigan back to where it's supposed to be.
Q. What were you guys told about the time off that you have between games?
You're essentially looking at about six weeks between the time you played Ohio State and playing the Bowl game. How do you get yourself psyched up for that
DARRYL STONUM: We kind of want to take this time to heal up. We have a bunch of
guys injured and a bunch of guys hurt, so we want to heal, but you don't want to
lose your fundamentals, so you want to practice, keep your skills sharpened. You
don't want to go too hard but just keep everything tightened up. You don't want
to lose anything.
But it's towards the end of the season -- but it is the end of the season so we
pretty much know all the plays, we pretty much know everything in our playbook,
so we're just kind of like sharpening everything, reviewing, going over
everything and getting ready mentally more than physically.
Q. How are you feeling health-wise?
DARRYL STONUM: I'm all right, ankle is holding up pretty good, but I'm still
getting treatment, doing everything I can, cold tub, all kind of treatment every
day. By the Bowl game it should be 100 percent.
Q. How tough is it not playing at Ohio State?
DARRYL STONUM: It was pretty tough. We tried our best. They tried to tape it up
and do all kind of things, but I just had to get it out. It was my seniors' last
game, and I'm pretty sure y'all saw the tweet that I wasn't going to miss this
game for nothing, I wasn't going to miss that game for anything. I didn't care
how I was feeling, I was going to try to gut it out, and that's what I tried to
Q. Denard was named the Player of the Year of the Big Ten. Obviously how
deserving of an honor of that from you guys' perspective?
DARRYL STONUM: It was deserving. He's the only quarterback to rush for 1,500 and
pass for 1,500, so that's a great honor, especially for a sophomore. He's only
going to get better. We're looking for big things from him his junior year,
looking for big things from him this Bowl game. I think he's well deserving.
Personally I think he should have still been in the Heisman race. It was a great
honor for him to be Big Ten Player of the Year.
Q. Did you vote for him for team MVP?
DARRYL STONUM: Of course. Of course. I was going to vote for Troy, but they told
me I couldn't do that.
Q. When you look at Denard, we don't really obviously know how much he's
hurting, you know a lot more than us. Do you think we're going to see the guy we
saw the first couple of games at the Bowl game?
DARRYL STONUM: Yeah, I think you'll see everybody -- everybody played in the
first few games against UConn, and at the beginning of the season everybody be
fresh, healthy. Denard was pretty banged up a lot towards the end of the season
as well as all of us. But this time off, we're doing a lot of healing up, doing
a lot of rehabbing, so I think our bodies will be pretty fresh, and we'll be
ready to go.
Q. Are you guys looking forward to the bunch of practices you get in preparation
for the Bowl game?
DARRYL STONUM: Yeah, Coach Rod went over the schedule about the practices, but
he told us he wasn't going to be too much beating our bodies up, so like I said,
it's more like individual drills, like going over fundamentals, going over
drills. We're not going to be doing too much banging and scrimmaging and stuff
like that. There's no need to beat ourselves up; I'm just going to save it to
beat up Mississippi State.
Stonum talks about his injury, and the SEC
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