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On Glen Mason
"Glen Mason and I were on the same staff for about a month or two in 1978" (at Illinois)
"I think he is an outstanding football coach. I think he is one of the best football coaches in this country. He has been a great leader."
"I think he runs a program with integrity and I have a lot of respect for him."
On Chad Henne's incompletion that was ruled a fumble in the MSU game:
"The rules are very very clear. I'm just thankful that play didn't decide the outcome. But it's very clear, (reading from the official rule) 'When a Team A player is holding the ball to pass it forward toward the neutral zone, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts the forward pass. If a team B player contacts the passer or the ball after forward movement begins, and the ball leaves the passer's hand, a forward pass is ruled regardless of where the ball strikes the ground or a player. When in question, the ball is passed and not fumbled during an attempted forward pass.'
It was clearly, under the rules, a forward pass. Now with that said, because of the technology available with instant replay, I think this is obviously an issue that the rules committee may want to consider, and I think they probably will. But make no mistake about it, that was a forward pass in my judgment."
On the game:
"I thought it was a team effort."
"It was a typical hard-hitting, physical football game."
"I think defensively we gave up two big plays."
"What I liked defensively was there were very few yards gained after the catch. I thought we were aggressive. I thought Brandent Englemon and Willis Barringer played as well as any two safeties have played in any game since I've been at Michigan. I thought they were outstanding."
"Offensively we had to be able to run the football because if you can't keep Michigan State's offense off of the football field, you're going to have a hard time winning. So our offense played to our defense in that game. I thought we used the clock extremely well."
"It was our best football game."
On Mike Hart:
"He means a lot from an inspirational standpoint because he is a great competitor."
"He is a guy that wants to win. He is willing to anything to help his team win."
"There's nothing he can't do. He has a great will to win and to be the best."
"I don't know anything about Breaston."
"Rondell [Biggs} is going to be out. I expect him to return but I can't tell you when."
On Carl Tabb, Pierre Woods, and Gabe Watson:
"On Saturday afternoon Carl Tabb gave us an incredible lift."
"He has been in a position where there is a lot of competition, but Carl Tabb has never complained. He has just continued to work hard to be the best he can be.
"Pierre Woods was I guy I think was in the same situation. When Rondell went down, Pierre went in and played very very well. If he can continue to play like that I think he is going to be a great lift for our team as we go forward."
"Gabe Watson played, in my judgment, his best game here at Michigan. That was exciting to see because certainly that game requires everybody playing to their best…or at least their hardest…and that's what I think he did."
On having offensive coordinator Terry Malone on the field:
"I think it worked very well."
"I think from a communication standpoint with the players it was a very positive thing and personally I've always liked it."
On Prescott Burgess:
"I think Prescott Burgess has really grown up, I thought he played extremely well."
"Prescott moved from safety to linebacker, that's a different world. So he had a lot to learn he had a lot of things to fight through, because everything was new and yet he has fought through."
"He's learning how to play from the snap of the football until the whistle blows."
On Alan Branch:
"Alan Branch is really off to a great start."
"I think he gets better every game. He he's a lot to learn but certainly he's made a significant contribution."
On Laurence Maroney:
"I think Maroney is a great back, I don't mean a good one...he's got great speed, he's got great toughness, he's got great vision, he's got great size, he's 210 pounds. When he hits a crease as we learned a year ago, he can hit the home run."
"Our challenge, we were much better a year ago but two years ago, we were on the ground most of the game and if your on the ground and he has the ball then that scoreboards about to be lit up."