Hoke Expects 'Emotional' Senior Day

Brady Hoke says he expects it to get emotional for U-M's last home game for senior day.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Saturday is expected to be an emotional game at the Big House as Michigan celebrates “senior day” for its graduating class against Maryland.

“It can be emotional for some of them,” Hoke said of senior day. “Some guys will be emotional but it won’t hit them till they are done. We hope and encourage people to come out because we honor them and we recognize them. And we’re excited about that.”

And for Hoke, this is his last chance to coach his senior class at home. And admitted he will most likely get a little emotional himself for his departing seniors.

“No question about it,” Hoke said. “You look at guys who have worked their tails off for four or five years. You look at guys as a coach and as a mentor how they have grown.

“And the progress not just from the football standpoint. But guys who graduate. Guys who grow as men. And so, yeah, there is always that. I don’t know if you get emotional, ‘Well, I’m not going to be able to coach this guy again.’ That part of it. But the relationships that you build. I think those things are really the emotional part of it.”

Going Bowling If Michigan wants to go a bowl, they must win one of it s two remaining games to become eligible. And with Ohio State next week, Maryland is the more favorable match-up for the Wolverines.

However, making a bowl, hasn’t been a major part of the conversation lately in Schembechlar hall, Hoke says.

“We haven’t talked about it as a team,” Hoke said on becoming bowl eligible. “We focused on the three game season we started before the Indiana game. And play out butts off in those three football games. And that’s kind of where we focused in. As far as us talking about it – not really.

“So these guys have been very grounded and very focused.” However, Hoke says they still would like to make a bowl if possible.

“I think it’s always nice, no question. That’s pretty obvious,” Hoke says.

Michigan (5-5, 3-3 Big Ten) play host to Maryland (6-4, 3-3) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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