Lewan & Schofield Talk O-line Progress

VIDEO: Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield discuss the offensive line progress moving forward.

U-M Fifth-year Senior Offensive Tackle Taylor Lewan

On how to convert anger into positive action: "Just spending more time watching film, doing everything you possibly can to know and learn about your opponent. What they do in third and long, how they act when it's a drive block or double team. Just little things, taking care of little things every time. I was mad Saturday and I'm still mad now but if this team does what it's supposed to do this could be a good thing, if we learn from it and prepare hard and never let this happen again."

On whether or not he saw that yesterday at practice: I don't have any doubt in my mind that this team understands what happened yesterday and they know it's not acceptable. At the end of the day we're 3-0 so that's great, we got the major goal. But they're focused and we're going to prepare like no other team has ever prepared before."

On the progress of the offensive line: "There were good things and bad things on the line. It wasn't just the offensive line on the run game, but a majority of it was. It comes back to preparing, knowing your opponent and that this isn't high school. This is college football. You have to understand who you're playing against -- everyone's good. Everyone was the best player at their high school, now you're playing D-1 football. That's how it is. These guys have to understand that and they're going to learn from this. I'm going to do my best to make sure they understand that."

On what stood out in film session: "Stay on your block, don't get pushed back. Just little things. The same things they preach every day: technique, fundamentals, doing as you're told, stick to a call. If everyone's on the same page and we're wrong it means we're all wrong together. Fitz is a great running back and he deserves the yards that he's not getting right now. This team, this offensive line will turn it around and we'll get them those yards."

On the tone of Sunday's padded practice: "I thought practice was good. We needed that, this team needs that and I think we we're a tough, hard-nosed football team and we got away from that this week. That was Coach Hoke giving us a reality check. Understand that you only have so many of these games in a year and I only have so many left, it's counting down. You will all see me only a few more times speaking up here, so I'll be a little upset when it's all over."

U-M Fifth-year Senior Offensive Tackle Michael Schofield

On where the offensive line needs to meet their expectations: "We definitely need to be more consistent as an offensive line. The first half we were all over the place, we were sloppy with our technique and fundamentals but coming out for the second half we had a couple good drives. We need to be like on those drives where we scored long touchdowns all the time. We have to be more consistent players, all of us."

On what the teaching points were during film: "Just technique and fundamentals. Some people have their hands outside, or (they're playing) too high, or they have their assignments wrong. We have to be more consistent on all of those points."

On what can be taken mentally from the Akron game: "I feel we can't take any team for granted, every team that we're going to face, they're playing Michigan and they're bringing their best. They're bringing their A-game and we have to realize that no matter who it is, they're bringing their best and we have to be ready for that."

On halftime adjustments to the 4-6 Bear defense Akron ran: "At halftime we went over that front a lot, we drew up some plays and said 'this is how we're going to block this'. We had a lot more time to actually look at it and change our game plan a little bit."

On how the team responded to Sunday's padded practice: "We took it as a way to improve. Coming from a sloppy game we just have to improve and it started with yesterday's practice.

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