Schofield: 'Too Many Negative Plays'

VIDEO: Michigan senior right tackle Michael Schofield discusses the issues with the offensive line, leadership and encouragement he and Taylor Lewan are providing, what they've seen on tape, the bye week, competition and more.

Michigan senior right tackle Michael Schofield at the podium Monday as the Wolverines prepare to open Big Ten play with Minnesota at home:

What improvements were the focus during the bye week?

"We talked about how we had way too many negative plays, and that is a reflection of the offensive line. I think we had over 30 negative plays, and many of them came against UConn. We definitely have to stop doing that."

What would it mean to win a Big Ten Title after having gone 10 years without one?

"Well especially being a senior, I guess I can probably talk for all seniors. If we can go out with a Big Ten championship there would be no better way to end the season. That is our main goal right now, and we are working towards it every day. Especially with the start of Big Ten play, that is on our minds every game."

What’s the rotation been like in practice along the offensive line?

"It's pretty much the same that it has always been. The whole season we've been shuffling guys in and out, trying to get guys going and get the freshmen reps. It's pretty much been the same throughout; we're just trying to get everyone on the same page."

Having played guard before, can you offer insight or tips for the interior guys?

"I played guard that one year, so I'm trying to help them with little tips I picked up: steps or certain combo blocks I can help them with."

How difficult was it for you to switch to offensive guard during a season?

"I actually had a week to switch over to guard, so I did it pretty quick. They [the other linemen] practice multiple positions, I practice left tackle. Graham [Glasgow] practices all three inside positions. People are practicing all over, so it wouldn't be that big of a switch."

What does winning the Little Brown Jug mean to you and the team?

"All Big Ten games, especially the rivalry games, especially when you have a trophy involved, are pretty big games. They brought the Jug out yesterday and talked to the younger guys about the history and tradition of the Jug. I just want to keep that Jug for my senior year."

How can the offensive line help junior quarterback Devin Gardner?

"We are definitely going to focus on pass protection, giving him as much time as possible to make the smart throws, to make the passes he can make. And along with the running, we have to get some runs going, get out of the third and long situations, so we don't have to put so much pressure on Devin [to make a play]."

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