Full Transcript: Denard Postgame

Denard on the streak versus Notre Dame, on feeling sorry for them, on not giving up, on the passes to Roy Roundtree, Jeremy Gallon, Junior Hemingway and Vincent Smith.



Question: What was your mentality at the half? Did you say anything to the team say anything to you to get you on track?

Denard Robinson: "Everybody is just like let's keep playing as a team and do what we got to do to win for Michigan. That was the biggest thing. Coach said, we've got a whole bunch of football left and we just got to continue to keep playing and so that's what we did."

Question: Can you talk about the character of the team. Did this exemplify the character the team, this comeback?

Denard Robinson: "Every time you see this University of Michigan team, you're going to see a team that is going to play together and is going to keep fighting to the end of the game, until two zeros on the clock."

Question: That last drive, how did Jeremy Gallon get that wide open and then the last pass to Roy Roundtree?

Denard Robinson: "The play to Gallon, we worked on that all summer. Coach just told us just in case we get in this situation where we need some final plays and get the ball down the field. We needed some offense, so we called the play up and it worked. He told me in the huddle (Roy), he was just like, Denard, I got to get him, I got to get him. He gave a move and the guy kind of held him and I threw it up because I knew he was going to get it."

Question: What about your touchdown when you scooped up the fumble and ran it in?

Denard Robinson: "Coach told us to hand the ball off and just be ready for anything that happens. Once I handed it off, I looked and said what, I just grabbed the ball and ran. It was kind of crazy. I never scored like that before."

Question: Can you talk about how much confidence in Junior Hemingway especially tonight. You threw a lot of jump balls, for the most part it worked out for you. What makes him a special wide receiver for you guys and how much part of the game plan was just throwing it up there and letting your guys make plays?

Denard Robinson: "Junior was all summer and I mean all summer we've been doing workouts and everything. One thing I noticed about all our receivers, they know how to go and get the ball, attack the ball. I knew Junior could go get the ball. I knew once I threw it up there, I knew he was going to get it and come down with it. Same thing with Jeremy Gallon."

Question: This is the third year in a row now that you've guys have won in similar fashion against Notre Dame. What exactly is going on?

Denard Robinson: "Every time we see this game, you know that both teams are going to fight to the end. It is never over until you see zeros on the clock."

Question: In your opinion, why did you struggle early on?

Denard Robinson: "I don't know man. I guess everybody was so excited, I don't even know. I can't say."

Question: Talk about your running, when you guys came out in the second half, you had some big plays, did that help settle you down? Did that help the passing game?

Denard Robinson: "Any time that you can run the ball on the defense that's always going to open up the passing game."

Question: You said you had confidence in Gallon with those jump balls, he's much shorter than Junior or Roy; what does he do different than those to get up to those balls?

Denard Robinson: "Gallon is a 5'9" guy. He plays like he is 6'7". He will do whatever it takes to get the ball and we all got faith in him."

Question: What do you think changed from you early in the game and then in the fourth quarter when you were making all the big plays and starting at your own 20 yard line and went the last in 30 seconds, what do you think changed for you?

Denard Robinson: "I don't think anything changed. All of us were fighting as a team. It is not a one man game. All of us kept fighting as a team. We playing for the seniors and the university alumni for the University of Michigan."

Question: After your slow start, do you feel fortunate at the end with the game being so close and having a chance to win the game?

Denard Robinson: "Oh yeah. We played as a team. It was not just me. Everybody executed the whole day today, that's what happened."

Question: Given what you guys have done to Notre Dame three years in a row, do you feel sorry for them (laughter)?

Denard Robinson: "I don't know. This is why we play the game of football. Somebody has got to lose and somebody has got to win."

Question: You've played in a lot of big games in Michigan Stadium. How does this one compare with everything, the pageantry, everything that was involved with it and do you want to stay up and celebrate a little bit longer than you want to?

Denard Robinson: "It was crazy. I just want to be with all the guys on the team and just be with the family. We enjoyed it."

Question: Can you talk a little more about the atmosphere, the pom-poms going, and 114,000 people.

Denard Robinson: "We knew it was going to be crazy, but we didn't know what to expect. Everybody thought it was going to be crazy and everybody had Maize on and pom-poms, it was just like, wow, we playing a night game at the University of Michigan against Notre Dame."

Question: When you threw that screen pass to Vincent Smith did you think was it, you were done? Was that same pass you overthrew and you got picked off?

Denard Robinson: "It was similar to the pass I overthrew and got intercepted but it wasn't. Nobody knew what was going on. As long as there was still time on the clock, like I said before, until it is :00 on the clock that's the only time the game is over."

Question: There is a lot of talk around here about you adjusting to a new offense. Does it feel much different to you when you're out there and doing those kinds of things?

Denard Robinson: "No. I'm still playing football and still going out there and having fun."

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