Full Transcript: Denard after practice Wed.

Denard talks about being a dropback quarterback, about "the broken play," about huddling, about getting nervous, about being the underdog, more.



Question: How are you a different quarterback now than you were at the start of spring practice, on what area have you developed do you think?

Denard Robinson: "I think I developed just probably a leader more and just be able to step up in the pocket, better feet work and everything. That's where I think I developed."

Question: What is the single toughest thing that you've been asked to do in terms of changing and how well you've come along with that?

Denard Robinson: "I guess trusting the pocket, using my front, back out and some of the stuff like that a quarterback has to do when he is in the pocket."

Question: Have they encouraged you to scramble a little bit more or to use your feet if the reads are not there?

Denard Robinson: "Yeah, if nobody is open, the broken play is probably the hardest play to stop in college football or any football."

Question: They've said that they've adjusted quite a bit to some of the things that you do well, are you surprised at some of the stuff that they've kept that you like or do well?

Denard Robinson: "I guess I enjoy playing football so any play that we're on the field and having fun out there with my teammates I enjoy it."

Question: How much of the offense is like what you did last year?

Denard Robinson: "I really can't give you a percentage. We just go ahead and go out there and play football."

Question: What do you think fans will notice in the difference with a Brady Hoke coached team and what they've seen the last few years?

Denard Robinson: "First of all we going to start with a huddle (laughter). We huddling it up and we got some power plays to get in there. It's going to be fun."

Question: How much do you look forward to going down the tunnel and playing the game?

Denard Robinson: "Man, I mean we've been practicing against each other for I don't how long and it feels like a year that we've been practicing against each other, so we ready to just get ready to have fun and go down the tunnel and make the fans happy."

Question: You said the broken plays are the hardest play. Your first play against Western Michigan was a pretty broken play, what do you remember about that?

Denard Robinson: "I was just thinking I hope I get another chance to get back in. I just grabbed the ball and tried to run for the end zone."

Question: How well are you progressing in your pre and post snap reads and reading the defense?

Denard Robinson: "I'm getting a lot better. If some defense tried to disguise the blitz, we worked on every type of disguise. Coach Borges has been helping us get used to that. He has improved me right now at doing that."

Question: What did you think when you walked in here yesterday and heard the fight song blaring out of Coach Hoke's office for an hour straight?

Denard Robinson: "It was great. We enjoyed it. Everybody was like, is that the band up there? It was really the speakers he had, it was good."

Question: Are you excited to have somebody who can actually tackle you or try to at least?

Denard Robinson: "Oh yeah. Me and Devin Gardner have been talking about that lately anyhow. We like come on coach, but he would never hit me, but we'll actually see when we get in the game."

Question: Can you get a sense for how physical it's been even though they have not been hitting you?

Denard Robinson: "Oh yeah. We got to get physical and we have a good physical team this year. In order to win the Big Ten you have to be physical."

Question: Did The Victors blare every day during game week at that time or is just that day?

Denard Robinson: "He says, I think it is 1:30 to 2:30, so you going to be playing that music, playing the best fight song ever, so not a problem with me."

Question: Working with the new strength coach, do you feel physically different than you did last year?

Denard Robinson: "It is two different styles of lifting. He gets me bigger and more power I guess. I enjoy it."

Question: With the strength, are you faster or about the same?

Denard Robinson: "I don't know. You'll see on Saturday."

Question: How are you better for what you what you went through last year with all the Heisman hype and everything that you went through personally? How are you better or different for all that you went through last year, all the attention on you?

Denard Robinson: "I think I've grown. I'm mature a little bit more. I'm better at talking to the media more. At first, I wasn't used to it, but now I'm loosening up and I guess I got to be the guy who speaks for the University of Michigan football team. I accept."

Question: You've said many times that you never get nervous?

Denard Robinson: "I never said that. That was Tate Forcier, not me. That's the wrong guy. If I never got nervous before every game, I don't think I would be playing football any more. I'm always nervous before every game."

Question: Are you going to be extra nervous this week do you think?

Denard Robinson: "Yeah it is the first game. You're always going to be nervous."

Question: Do you have a pregame ritual that you follow, are you pretty superstitious before games and stuff like that?

Denard Robinson: "Not really."

Question: Does the nervousness lead to you throwing up?

Denard Robinson: "No."

Question: You said last year you didn't have cable TV, so you did not see all the Heisman hyper, do you have cable?

Denard Robinson: "No I still don't have cable."

Question: Well if you did, you would know that a lot of these shows are talking about can he make the transition. Do you feel like you got something to prove?

Denard Robinson: "No. I got something to prove with my teammates and that's it. We just going to go out there and have fun and try to win the Big Ten."

Question: You're statistics were off the chart last year, is it realistic in this offense with what you're trying to do that you can get to those kind of numbers again and how much do you care?

Denard Robinson: "Like I was saying to him just now, the broken play is probably the hardest play to stop, so we scramble around and if everybody is covered down the field, nobody has got the quarterback. We'll see what happens."

Question: People aren't picking you to do that. What are you seeing that you can maybe do better from last year to this that could put you in that kind of position?

Denard Robinson: "I like being the underdog. I guess my whole team likes to be the underdog. We are not going to press it and try to make it seem like we're the best team in the country. We just going to show. We're not going to talk about it. We'll show you."

Question: Thoughts on what you've seen on Western Michigan's defense?

Denard Robinson: "They got one of the best cornerbacks in probably the country. They got a fast defense ends like Jason Taylor. We just got to be ready for them."

Question: Are you surprised how close Fitzgerald Toussaint and Michael Shaw have been in the running back competition and can you talk about what their strengths are?

Denard Robinson: "I can't really tell you. They both are similar backs and they both work hard and compete every day. The running back competition is going to be kind of crazy for Coach Hoke to decide. I feel sorry for them (laughter)."

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