VIDEO: Brady Hoke's B1G Statement

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke addresses the media at Big Ten Media Day. Full transcript included.(Part 1)****VIDEO****

Michigan FOOTBALL COACH BRADY HOKE: First off, I know we're all excited that you're all here and you took the opportunity to travel up here and it's really an honor and a privilege to represent the University of Michigan and the team 134. We've got 12 days until fall camp, look forward to it. We've had some good things throughout the summer and since we got back from the game with South Carolina a year ago. Not a year ago, but in January. We're a young team. We've got to replace some guys who have been very important to Michigan football. But with that youth comes a lot of competition, and that competition is always good. And the expectations, though, never change. And that's to win Big Ten championships. A year ago we were eight and five, and that's unacceptable. It's unacceptable at Michigan. It's unacceptable for us. And in those five losses, we had 18 turnovers. So it tells you a little something that we need to be a little more diligent in taking care of the football. We need to be a little more diligent in making better decisions. And those are things that we've talked about and we've had through spring ball, had a good spring. I like our football team. I usually don't say that. I said it after the spring. I will continue to say it because I like how they've handled themselves on the field and off the field so far this summer. I like their work ethic, and I like how they've represented Michigan in a lot of ways. Me liking them doesn't guarantee us anything, because we have a lot of work ahead of us still. And at the same time we've gotta do a job as coaches to make sure that we are doing everything capable to help our kids perform at a high level. We're excited about the season, the challenges that lay ahead. Questions now?

Q. Devin Gardner took over for you in the season last year when Denard was injured and it's always been Denard's team since Devin was there. How have you seen this off season Devin take ownership of the quarterback position and be that type of leader that maybe Denard was, but just that transition to him now being the guy?

COACH HOKE: Well, I think a few things. I think number one, I think he had some strong help on that side of the ball when you look at leadership. I think Taylor Lewan and the decision that he made in January spoke volumes about the University of Michigan, Michigan football. I think Devin, his maturity and understanding what it is to be the quarterback at Michigan, I think he's absorbed that, understands the decisions that we have to make as a football team and the decisions that he makes as a quarterback. They're going to be very important.

Q. Can you talk about the depth that you have now on the defensive line and the offensive line and how it has evolved since you've gotten here?

COACH HOKE: I think when we came in a couple of years ago, we had eight offensive linemen on scholarship. Eight or nine. And I think we've improved those numbers. I think we're at 15 right now, maybe 16. I would say the same thing a little bit with the inside people on the defensive side of the ball, because of -- style of defense had a lot to do with that. But I think our numbers are up. I think our competition throughout spring, I think the competition that -- in how they did things through summer have improved both positions, particularly the interior of the offensive line and the interior ofthe defensive line.

Q. Denard Robinson, when he got hurt last year and you had to insert Devin Gardner at that position, did you expect that Devin would perform the way he did? And if Denard wouldn't have gotten hurt, would Devin Gardner be a wide receiver this year instead of a quarterback?

COACH HOKE: No, he was always going to go back to quarterback. That was already -- him and I had talked about it. He really showed a lot of unselfishness by moving to wide receiver, and it really became part of his DNA and what he wanted to do to help the football team. With Denard obviously getting hurt, the opportunity for Devin to get experience and move back to quarterback meant a lot. And it meant a lot for his experience and how he learned from those things, good and bad in spring ball.

Q. It seems like the trend in college football is to get more toward the spread offenses, put people in space. You're obviously going back to your pro style offense. Could you talk about that, what you like about that?

COACH HOKE: I think everyone believes in a philosophy, obviously. We all have our own quirks and beliefs. But I think the physicalness that the game of football needs to be played with, I'm of the feeling that playing physical football, some pro style, and then there will be multiple enough personnel groups that I think that will be big. I think also with Devin at quarterback, you still have an opportunity to do some of the things out of the spread that may be there. But I think the physicalness that will help your defense, when you run some downhill schemes, the combination blocks. I'm an old defensive line coach, still am, and I think teaching that every day and going through that every day is something that's important.

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