Hoke: U-M to 'Grind' Out Wins

Michigan coach Brady Hoke discusses the "grind" it out mentality of the football team.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After Michigan’s 10-9 win at Northwestern on Saturday, it’s clear U-M is capable of “grinding” out some victories this season. A mentality, U-M coach Brady Hoke says the Wolverines have had to use as they figure out what kind of team they are.

“In some ways we kind of know what we are as a team,” Hoke said on the mentality of the football team. “I think we’ve learned that through the course of the season that we’re going to be in some grind games. That’s just the way our team is.”

In recent wins, Michigan beat the Wildcats by a single point, and edged Pen State at home 18-15. The close games are the results of an offense that has struggled at times this season, and have had to rely heavily on their defense at times, says Hoke.

“We haven’t as much explosive plays that we’d like to offensively,” Hoke said. “And defensively if we do a good job of playing in the red-zone, and do a good job of keeping the ball inside and in front of the defense – we got a chance.

“We kind of give us a chance to stand.”

And when you can’t’ move the ball, field position plays a key role into the game, says Hoke.

“I think the other part of it, we got to be good in special teams,” Hoke said. “And do a nice job with field position there.”

Michigan is on bye this week, before playing host to Maryland on Nov. 22.

In the meantime, Hoke says the goal is to continue improving as a team.

“I think I know what kind of team we are,” Hoke said. “We just want to keep improving on what kind of team we are.”

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