U-M Fifth-year senior Offensive Tackle Michael Schofield
On how negative rushing plays affect the offensive line: "It's definitely frustrating, especially because I play offensive line, and we are getting a lot of blame for that. It all comes back to executing, we just have to go out there and start executing our plan during the game, executing our blocks and just doing our jobs. We have to get back to doing your job and getting your man blocked."
On how Erik Magnuson and Kyle Bosch are responding: "They're doing well. Taylor [Lewan], Gundy [Erik Gunderson], and I are getting them going. We try to keep their confidence going. I was in that spot my redshirt sophomore year when I was in a new position. I know it was hard sometimes."
On being an underdog against Northwestern this weekend: "Well, Northwestern is a pretty underrated team. They lost a couple of close games, as you saw a couple of weeks against Nebraska with the hail mary. They almost beat Ohio [State]. They were in that game. Their record is very underestimated. They've been in a lot of games and are better than people think."
On the team's ability to rebound and finish the seasob: "We have gone through so much as a senior class, and we are going to try as much as we can to finish this season the right way. We are not going to let this team quit. There's no way we are going to allow that to happen. We are going to push these guys and get them motivated."
U-M Sophomore Linebacker James Ross III
On what he learned from playing Northwestern last season: "Looking at the film you can always critique what you did wrong and do it better. Taking a hard look at that film, Northwestern is a very talented football team, and their record doesn't show how good they are, and we know they are very talented and can beat any better. We need to take a look at it and do our corrections, understand the game plan and all the checks that need to be made and go from there."
On what the defense can learn from Nebraska's fourth-down conversion on the game-winning drive: "It's understanding your whole defense and not leaving anything unsaid, just knowing all the checks and everything like that. It's more of a mental thing, mentally preparing for the game and for any situation. One play can cost the game as you can see. Knowing everything you need to know and then go from there." On what he is doing better as the season has progressed: "It's just preparing well -- preparing better, I should say. My coaches told me that I wasn't doing what I was capable of doing. I really took that into consideration and thought about what I did differently last year and what motivated me, what got me going. Just don't lose that hunger. Do everything you can do -- watch film and talk with the guys, go over stuff that you don't think is right -- be active and not passive."
On holding opponents below their average rushing total each game this season: "At linebacker that's a big job, keeping them from running the ball. If they can't run the ball then they're one-dimensional and then our secondary -- which is pretty talented -- can get an interception or something like that. And our defensive linemen get sacks. There's a lot of pride in that. Coach Mattison has instilled in us to shut that down. And especially earlier when I wasn't doing my job as well as I can do, he made sure I made all the corrections I needed to be successful."