Moosman on the O-line Development

David Moosman talks about learning the new Michigan offense, and the development of the offensive line in particular.

Question: Rich talked about playing more physical. How do you do that? Do you flip a switch on or is that just a state of mind or what is it?

David Moosman: "It is something that you have to do in practice. We have been trying to get our technique right and do everything that we need to do as fast as we can in practice, so that we are ready to do it in the game. It is also a mindset that you give a little bit more during game time, especially against rivals and now coming up Big Ten. It's something you have to practice and make it a habit of playing hard and physical every play. That is when it starts, in practice."

Question: How much confidence did you guys draw from the fact that your offense line didn't allow a sack to Notre Dame?

David Moosman: "Well, we really just want to get better each game. Now that we didn't allow one against Notre Dame, we really want to keep that up, especially against Wisconsin. They've got a tough defense coming out. They are going to try and pressure us. It is good confidence builder, but we just came out last week and they are going to come out this week and try to get better and perfect our technique and such."

Question: Coach was talking about how important it is to have five guys who play consistently together, because of communication and that type of thing. Have you noticed that that is somewhere you guys can get to that point that it will make a big difference?

David Moosman: "Definitely, especially on the offensive line. We have to be a cohesive unit, where we all get on our same track and get going in the same direction and think as a whole instead of five individual parts. We will definitely create some more seams for Sam (McGuffie) and the other guys back there to run through. When we are all on the same page, and then with the other teammates out there as well with the quarterbacks and running backs, we have a good plan going. So once we all get into that and are all clicking as one, things will be rolling."

Question: Do you work at center at all during practice since the season started?

David Moosman: "Yes, a little bit. We have a lot of people rolling in a lot of different positions. We have had some previously expressed injuries. So we're always ready for whatever is thrown our way. If I need to play center, I can do that. We have other people that can as well."

Question: Which do you like more, center or guard?

David Moosman: "Really I can play both. I played my career here at center. I played tackle in high school, but that is not really a comparison. I played center for three years and now I am playing guard. I am getting into the rhythm at guard; either way is fine."

Question: What have you seen from Wisconsin's line on film; and will this be the best line you have faced so far this year?

David Moosman: "Definitely. I feel like here on out, just about every line is going to get better and better. They're tough, hard nosed defensive line. They've got the Wisconsin mentality: just come right at you and never stop. We are going to try and hit them in the mouth and run our game plan. It is just going to be tough and hard nosed like they always are."

Question: How crucial is it in the Big Ten season to get this first one (win), especially being at home and being against a good team like Wisconsin?

David Moosman: "It is definitely a significant game. This is the most important game thus far. The others were nonconference and this one is even more for the record books. Also, we lost against Wisconsin last year at their home and we really want to make a statement this year. I think it is really important for this team and for the players to get this win."

Question: Do you see Steven Threet developing a little bit of a swagger, some leadership there?

David Moosman: "Yeah, with every snap het gets, he gets a little bit more confident in his abilities. If he can just rely on his technique like he has been doing in practice, he will be just fine. We are going to try to give him as much time and much protection as he needs."

Question: Before you mentioned about all getting on the same page, thinking as one unit instead of five guys; where are you guys at with that process?

David Moosman: "Same as Steve. With every snap we take, we are getting closer and closer. We are getting more confident in our technique and solidifying minute details. We are getting there. It is a process, but we are coming along quickly. As you can see, the running game has been going up a little bit better each game. We feel like it is coming along."

Question: Did you draw encouragement from McGuffie's performance at Notre Dame; and is there better depth to this group of running backs that we have seen so far?

David Moosman: "As an offensive lineman, we want to create holes and gain yards for whoever is running, whether it is McGuffie or Kevin Grady or Carlos (Brown), Brandon (Minor) or anybody that they put back there, even Steve or Nick (Sheridan). It is good to see a lot of people getting the ball and we just want to get them all yards."

Question: A lot of people had this thing gift wrapped for Ohio State; now that we have seen most of the nonconference, do you feel like it is more wide open than people thought it would be? What is your impression of the league so far?

David Moosman: "Uh yeah. We definitely have a chance. We feel like we have the potential to beat everybody on our schedule. I don't see why we can't. If we play like we know how we can play and be secure with the football, we've got a shot against every team. There are other good teams out there. Wisconsin seems to be doing well. We'll see how good they are on Saturday. We'll see how good we are Saturday as well. Penn State and a couple other teams around the Big Ten seem like they can definitely give Ohio State a run for their money. If that is what is going to be; if it is going to be everybody against Ohio State then so be it."

Question: Is there a tangible mood shift this week with the Big Ten starting, can you sense it?

David Moosman: "Definitely. There is a feeling in the air that we want to…almost like a new opener; a new time for us so that we can show what we got."

Question: Do you know what you got? I mean you said show what you got. Do you have a clue, an idea (laughter)….a clue…do you have an idea of what you have?

David Moosman: "Yes, we have a very good idea of what we have. I was hoping that other people did as well. We have shown spurts of potential out there. I guess if you guys can't see it, in the details, we have been watching a lot of film and we have seen a lot of instances where an inch here, an inch there can make a bunch more points out there. We know what we got and we got potential all across the board. We just need to come together as a cohesive unit, as I have been talking about and collect our self. Yeah it is a good clue."

Question: Are those inches more important in this offense because of the timing necessary and those things?

David Moosman: "Yes. It is more of an intricate offense and detail specific, where we have got very, very specific jobs and reads for everybody; and once everybody gets each one down, all the other ones are a lot more effective. Because if you have to worry about more than just one threat, then you have to divide your sight and focus on just more than one thing. So that gives us an opportunity in all directions."

Question: When training camp ended and you guys started with the season. Coach Rodriguez had said that he wished he had a couple more weeks to still work with you guys and practice. Do you think that is sort of where you are at now that those extra couple of weeks of work and now you are at the point where, like you said start another season almost?

David Moosman: "Yeah. We definitely had more time to prepare; and even through the games, those are also learning processes. You don't stop learning through a game. You perfect things there as well. It is a time to shine and it is a test for your abilities, but you can also gain ground off of what you have learned. So we have had three more weeks to get better and I think we have definitely gotten better; I guess we have got four with the bye week, and I feel that we have definitely used that time well and we will continue. Like I said, it is an every snap thing. Every time you go out there, you just get a little bit better. You realize something that you didn't realize before or you fixed something that you hadn't yet fixed; so it is a continual progress."

Question: How difficult has this offense been to grasp and to really learn? Do you feel like you have got a good hold on it?

David Moosman: "Well the thing is that each individual part is simple. It's a zone scheme, same was we used to run, just minor details that have changed. But it is a team game and we got to get all our team parts on the same page. We have been doing that and it has been closer and closer to getting it every time like we want it to. It is more getting together as a team than individual parts."

Question: Can you give an example of something that maybe wasn't working first game or two that you guys as an offensive line have cleaned up recently?

David Moosman: "Well we have definitely solidified our techniques down. We were having to rush it, and maybe were a little bit antsy the first week. We have definitely become more confident in our techniques. So we are doing the right things each time. If we do the right things, it doesn't matter who is in our way. Not saying team, but as an offensive line, if we take our steps, the defensive front and the defensive lineman are sort of inconsequential."

Question: Is it tougher a first year starter among several first year starters as opposed to coming into a situation where you are plugging a guy or two into a more veteran lineup?

David Moosman: "I have played a couple of snaps, so I have got a feeling for play; and even in the past two weeks, I feel like I have learned a lot of lessons. We're all learning that and each week there is a new guy that has to learn that. Through practice and through game reps we are getting a little bit better, one step at a time."


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