Brady Hoke Opening Remarks: "We had a very good I thought practice yesterday. I thought both sides of the ball we had a lot of energy. I thought it was physical. How we want to be physical during the course of competing against each other. I thought that was good. I think game-plan wise I think they responded well to those different things that you do, so it was good."
Question: Are you going to be less physical now that your in season than you were in camp?
Brady Hoke: "Not really, not too much. Not right yet. As you get into the marathon that a season is, you may lighten up a little bit later, but this isn't the time for us to do that."
Question: Was Troy Woolfolk able to do everything?
Brady Hoke: "Yeah. I think I was asked Saturday, and Sunday he did everything and he did everything yesterday."
Question: What about Ricky Barnum? Is he out?
Brady Hoke: "I'm not saying he's out, but he's trying to take care of that ankle."
Question: Is he practicing?
Brady Hoke: "Not today, not yesterday, let's put it that way."
Question: How much is Cam Gordon practicing?
Brady Hoke: "A lot. He's just working himself back into it. He did some good things yesterday. I think he feels better."
Question: How difficult is that to do kind of mid season when you're trying to stay intense and you're trying to get back into shape but yet pick up new schemes?
Brady Hoke: "Well the schemes, they're new to a standpoint of how you want to tweak your base things that you do to take advantage of an offense. From a defensive standpoint, most of the offenses are different, but I think when you look at a guy like Cam, he had a pretty good spring. What he did during the summer was pretty good from what I can tell. Fall camp until he got hurt, he was doing fine. He's a smart kid, so he's in tune with everything that's going on, learns well. So for him it's maybe not as difficult as it is for someone else."
Question: What about Brandon Herron?
Brady Hoke: "He did everything. He's fine. He's 100%."
Question: Yesterday Thomas Gordon talked about how his high school teammante Will Campbell just needs to get lower. What do you think Will has to do to take that next step?
Brady Hoke: "I'm glad Thomas is coaching him up. I really am. Thomas is right. Will just has to…and this happens with a lot of guys who are big guys, when they're big in high school where technique and fundamentals are taught and they're important, but it's just one of those things that he's got to play lower. He's got to be more consistent with that part of it. His get-off the football is something he's got to be conscious about and make good habits with."
Question: You talk about how Mike Martin plays with such good leverage, that's what you're tying to get Will to do?
Brady Hoke: "Well yeah, but Mike, when he has a bad play in there, it's usually because his knees start to lock out and they don't bring their feet with them. This is a good conversation because it's D-line play and that's what I like to talk about, so I can do this all day. But that part of it with Mike, I thought, last week he did his best job with it. Will did some real good things in there, and he's improving."
Question: The fact that you've seen Craig Roh do what's he done now two weeks in a row, is that a better sign than maybe it could have been a flash in the pan type thing?
Brady Hoke: "Well I think you always have to be guarded, and you always have to make sure the consistency you want from your players is there. Craig takes it very seriously when he works and he prepares from a mental side of it to the physical stuff that we do and what we do on defense."
Question: Is it harder to build consistency with front four versus an individual when your trying to get maximum effort out of a group of guys versus an individual?
Brady Hoke: "Well it starts with that individual pride and ownership of who that guy is. We talk about that quite often and then there's always a unit pride that you want to have. I always think, and we always think that kind of permeates through that unit. Let us say a secondary, linebacker, defensive line and then it kind of catches to your whole defense and offense."
Question: Is your team maybe better suited and better prepared to play a mobile quarterback, which you'll have the next two weeks than others because of Denard?
Brady Hoke: "It probably helps. I think our team, facing Denard and Devin both, and Russell Bellomy, I mean, he's a little slippery. So when you look at it that way, there's some familiarity with what we do, which is kind of a great thing because of what we do with the spread part of it and out of the gun to what we do with the I-back stuff. I think it really helps us as a team."
Question: What do you tell your defensive linemen when you play against a running quarterback like that?
Brady Hoke: "I think gap integrity is always an important part. The critical thing to me is you have to chase the rabbit. You have to stay after it through the whistle because you see a lot of those guys make plays on cutbacks and those kinds of things, and you have to be a part of the 11."
Question: Are you going to look at other Big Ten games any differently now that divisions are in place?
Brady Hoke: "You know, I was asked that once before. I don't think so not the way and maybe I need to go back and look at it. But within the framework of the divisional play and crossover play, I don't see much difference."
Question: You talked yesterday about the depth especially on the lines and that is a concern. How does that affect you during the year, I guess until you have major injuries is that the only place that….?
Brady Hoke: "It affects you in practice. It does. Guys you have to bring up on both sides of the ball. Guys who might be fighting for two and three in there who are down. They've got to go over, so you take a good look from your look teams. That's one reason we do so much against each other. I started doing that when I went to Ball State because of the competitive nature of going ones on ones and twos on twos, and the speed and all those things."
Question: That is a lot more pertinent to this year because next year you'll have more guys with recruiting?
Brady Hoke: "Let's hope because that's a long way away."
Question: Can you talk about the situation at nickel. Two weeks ago you had Raymon Taylor taking over that position and then last week you kind of shifted Thomas Gordon back in there…?
Brady Hoke: "We'll use both. I think Raymon's a young guy who's learning. Thomas is more of a veteran, obviously. We'll use both guys, though. I think they both are doing okay. Not quite what we need."
Question: Are there any other freshmen that haven't played at all that still could?
Brady Hoke: "Good question. I hate to count anybody out because you never know. Like Mark said, you get guys twisted up and those kinds of things and you never know when that can happen."
Question: Is it fairly safe to say that Justice Hayes will redshirt though at this point?
Brady Hoke: "I wouldn't say that yet."
Question: How is your punting situation going this week?
Brady Hoke: "What do you guys think?"
Question: Angelique only saw a couple yesterday.
Brady Hoke: "I think they were both punting well yesterday."
Question: Would you say one has a leg up on the other?
Brady Hoke: "Not yet (laughter). That's pretty good, I like that. You're giving him good material, Angelique."
Question: Are you a stats guy? Greg Mattison said yesterday he's not a stat guy.
Brady Hoke: "Uh uh. Why."
Brady Hoke: "No, no. I'm not asking you why. My point is… no, the only statistic that's important is the outcome and winning. So no."
Question: Greg said he was disappointed with Jake Ryan down the stretch, is that because he was in some one-on-one situations that he didn't win?
Brady Hoke: "Oh, I think that's part of it. I think we have a high opinion of Jake, and at the same time we have got to remember he's a redshirt freshman. He can do some good things. He make plays, and part of that is he runs around the field and plays with good effort. He's always, believe me not doing exactly what Jake should do in the framework of the defense, but he has an opportunity, because he plays hard to make up for those things. That's contagious a little bit, and he's got to keep growing with everything that we do."
Question: Is he improving in that area of knowing what he needs to do?
Brady Hoke: "Yeah he is."
Question: Are there not enough carries to get enough for a look for Thomas Rawls at this point?
Brady Hoke: "I think we gave him a pretty good look during the course of camp and then he got banged up a little bit. Fred does a nice job of rotating those guys through, number one, to keep them healthy. Because we do compete against each other and I think the second part of it is trying to see where guys are at."
Question: You and Coach Borges have talked about wanting to have a lead back. Four games into the season, are you almost resigned to the fact that Denard is your lead back and running him off the power?
Brady Hoke: "You could say that probably, but he carries the ball. I know that, but I don't know if I'd consider him a back, personally."
Question: Al said if he has two backs running that are running for over a hundred yards, he can live with that. Are you the same?
Brady Hoke: "Sure, sure. I'm fine with that and again I go back to the statistic that counts - winning."
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