ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan’s defense lacked “effort” in their 29-26 win at Minnesota, says secondary coach Mike Zordich, noting the Wolverines won’t be as fortunate if a similar team effort is brought again.
“When you watch last weeks game,” Zordich said of U-M’s win at Minnesota. “Again, I am not taking anything away from Minnesota, they played their rear ends off, and they played really well. But when you watch last weeks game, it looked a lot like the Utah game. You just didn’t see the effort from our guys. Something we talk about everyday of the week.
“So that has been what we’ve been stressing, and I’m sure that what will be stressed from today till the next four weeks. Just keep the great effort. It proves, it works, when you play with great effort, and enthusiasm, and a great attitude – it works. And I don’t think we had that Saturday night.”’
And when asked if Michigan’s win at Minnesota was a “wake up call” in a positive manner? Zordich agreed, and explained why.
“When you can win a game like that, absolutely,” Zordich said. “You did get the W. It’s a life lesson for sure. You come in, you take a deep breathe ‘OK, great guys. We got the win. But watch this. Watch this and learn. Because next week we won’t get the win.’”
No. 16 Michigan (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) plays host to Rutgers (3-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.