“Any time you have guy like John, a fifth year senior, that steps up when you need him…that’s really what team is all about.”
-The offense made big plays
“I think that’s what you have to do against a defense like Purdue that’s bringing 8 or 9 guys in the box and their safeties are making hits 2 or 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The fact that we could make some big plays was important.”
-On MSU’s defense:
“They’re physical, athletic and get a lot of people to the football…. The most impressive thing to me is that they’re #1 in the league in turnover margin”
-Marlin Jackson will play this weekend.
-Ernest Shazor is playing well.
“Ernest at this point in the season is a force. He is big, can run, and is always around the football. He played his best game (vs. Purdue) since he has been at Michigan.”
-On Jeff Smoker:
“He is playing his best football since he has been in college…What I like about him is he knows where to go with the football, he doesn’t throw many interceptions, and he’s accurate.”
-On Jeremy LeSueur:
“He’s playing as well as you can expect a corner to play.”
-On running the ball:
“The truth is defenses can dictate what you do by putting 8 or 9 people up there…when they do, you throw it.”
-On Ron English and Bill Sheridan:
“Bill Sheridan is a great football coach. There are a lot of young guys being developed and playing well up there (on the defensive line.”
“Michigan has had a lot of great secondary coaches. I was one of them! (Laughing)…Ron English is as good as any secondary coach we’ve had here.”
"On Saturday, with Jim Herrmann’s leadership, they came up with a great game plan.”
-Most notable quote…Coach Carr described the big ten scheduling practices as “Interesting.” (Recall that MSU had a bye last week…and PSU had byes before the Michigan game in past years).
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