Part 4 Question: What are two a days like?
Troy Woolfolk: "One word: Busy. You wake up early in the morning go out on the field, work your butt off and then have to get little breaks and then next thing you know you back on the field. I think you have to be mentally prepared for it. If you're not than it can kind of get you and cause you not to practice as hard for the second practice as you did for the first practice and have an unproductive day."
Question: So all these horror stories about vomiting and all that, is that accurate?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah it is kind of accurate because we have a fast pace offense to defense, so we try to make it easy on game day by making it harder now. So oh yeah, this is just a game, we haven't to run to the ball every time. We don't have to hurry up and rush back to the line. It makes the game more of a relief."
Question: Did you play free and strong safety or which safety position did you play last year?
Troy Woolfolk: "It was strong safety, but it was basically a form of free safety, I do not know what it was called that. I was strong safety, but I was mostly free all the time. It is a combination of both of them."
Question: It is like a defensive halfback position?
Troy Woolfolk: "I guess you could say that. I guess they wanted me to be able to utilize my speed. So I can get to one hash and then get to the other hash at the same time."
Question: Do you feel that your speed is your biggest strength and if not than what do you do you think is?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah. I think my speed would be my biggest strength. Sometimes in the past when I was new at safety I kind of got beat and my speed allowed me to catch back up to the receivers and the tight ends or whatever to make a play on the ball."
Question: What are you working on to improve your game the most?
Troy Woolfolk: "Right now is it just studying the game, repetitions and reps. I think I gain a lot of knowledge by playing seven on sevens, because sometimes for example, if I'm in cover-2 and I'm not inside the receiver, it easy for them to get that slant on you. It is little things that I tweak to help me become a good player overall."
Question: Anybody in the NFL you look up to, any DBs?
Troy Woolfolk: "Darelle Revis, he is a phenomenal player. I think he is one of the best DBs of all time. The one thing about him is that he is so soft confidence. I seen an interview and they were asking questions what he would do if he played against top receivers like Chad Johnson, my Ocho Cinco (laughter) and the new Ocho Ono, Terrell Owens, and he was just so confident. He was talking trash about them. Most DBs in the league fear these two people and he is over here talking trash and it just seems like I try to replicate that. Not talking trash, but just having the confidence of wanting to go against anybody right now. I'll lock up any receiver in here right now. I just have that confidence that I can beat any anybody and nobody can get by me."
Question: What is it about that position that people who talk the most trash, the biggest showman, they play receiver.
Troy Woolfolk: "I think it is the receiver because they have to be able to be cocky. I think it is an ongoing battle, DBs and receivers. Whoever is the most confident will win that play because the play is won presnap. After the snap, it is just a product of the presnap. Because if you are not as confident, then you are not going to be able to focus more and pay attention to details and things that you have to do to win that play and it might cause you to get off balance and one little mistake will cause each of the opponents to lose on any side. So I think that confidence allows everything to just align perfectly and allow you to win that specific play."
Question: Is that kind of an added incentive when you can shut down somebody who is so brash and talks a lot?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah. That's when you break them. If you have a receiver out there who is more of a cocky, talk a lot receiver, you shut them down (PA announcer too loud) every other play they start to talk less and less and stop running as hard. That's the technique that I try to do against the receivers that I go against."
Question: How do you instill that confidence in your younger quarterbacks? If it is so important how do you do that as a leader?
Troy Woolfolk: "I think one of the main things is that you try to show them that this receiver is not that good. In practice, I try to lock up Darrl Stonum or try to lock up Martavious Odoms. They are like, okay if he can do it, they are not that good. They are just human, they just regular people like the rest of us. It allows them to get that confidence that they can do it as well."
Question: Do you do it?
Troy Woolfolk: "All the time (laughter)."
Question: Does that mean the receivers are not that good this year?
Troy Woolfolk: "No they good, great, phenomenal, All Big Ten, I give them all that stuff but they can't do anything against me."
Question: Any wide receivers that are young guys that stood out in seven on sevens?
Troy Woolfolk: "Let's think about that, young guys…I haven't really seen too much of the young guys out there because I think we are good with depth for juniors and sophomores who can become seniors. I'm not really sure as of right now, because we have a lot of people who were previously hurt that are now coming back. So the young guys haven't really had that much of a chance to show that they will be able to make an impact. Have to wait and see about that."
Question: After Daryl and Junior Hemingway, who are in the next group of guys?
Troy Woolfolk: "Two guys, Martavious and Roy Roundtree. They are exceptional players. Martavious and Roy Roundtree, actually even though they are younger, I think they are going to jump over Stonum and Hemingway in the leadership aspect because they are out there more than them all the time. And yes I am calling them out because they don't come out as much as they should…I am just joking. I really think they are going to be great athletes because their work ethic is tremendous. They are out there all the time when I'm out there and I'm out there dang near every day. So I cannot wait to see them actually get on the field this year."
Question: Tell me a little bit about a guy that we haven't seen, Jeremy Gallon. They say he has a lot of talent, but obviously he redshirted last year.
Troy Woolfolk: "He is a funny receiver…I think the reason he is good is because he runs so oddly and you can't tell which he is going to make a break because his body is just everywhere. We used to make fun of him, but it actually worked out for him and he has great hands. He can go up and get the ball. His weirdness helps him out."
Question: Do you take offense to people who say that this offense really has to be up to speed, because the defense is going to give up some points and this team has to outscore people?
Troy Woolfolk: "Exactly. I take that personal. I strongly disagree with that. I think this year it will be the defensive that would allow the offense to make mistakes so that we can stay on the field and keep the score within close range for them in striking distance."
Question: I know that Rich Rod is an outsider, is that sort of what you see?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah because people were expecting them to get Les Miles, who is a Michigan Man and they just wanted to keep it in the family. Now we adopted another coach from other organization. I think he was already under the fire by the time he got here and since we didn't win. I think that they were less able to except the fact that were losing with an outsider coach and just wanted to get rid of him."
Question: Michigan fans like to throw around Michigan Man…does it hurt you at all that people question your coach and said maybe he is not a Michigan Man?
Troy Woolfolk: "I would like to whoever that criticizes him that he is not a Michigan Man to actually tell me what a Michigan Man is and then I would be able to make input if he is or not."
Troy Woolfolk: "He is more of a born again Michigan Man. He abides by the rules. Being a Michigan Man is someone who is humble and is hungry and has a nice work ethic, just trying to be a winner. Where he comes from people might not consider him a Michigan Man, but a Michigan Man is a winner and he was at a winning program. I think he is a converted born again Michigan Man. I understand why people say that because like I said he was at West Virginia for so long and they would probably ask you once….born a Michigan Man to come into the system. I think they just got to give him a chance and see how he is. I think by next year that he'll prove that he is a Michigan Man."
Question: If you had to pick a word to describe the team this year, what would you choose?
Troy Woolfolk: "One word: Anxious. I feel like we are anxious to show the world that we're really good. Because I really think that in everybody's mind, we know that we're good, but it just a matter of being anxious to get back on the field, so we can show it to the world."
Question: Does the team look at the players who haven't been there as maybe you or some of the other players any differently?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah I actually personally have a lack of respect with them and I don't really associate myself with them any more than I would with somebody who has already been with somebody who has been out there all the time and it is like the outlook on them is kind of disease. You don't want to them to hang around people because they have bad work ethics. At the same time, it is my role to try to talk to them and try to persuade them to come out more to show the senior leadership to help out the team as a whole. You do not want to have any slackers out there, but if you do and they won't listen than you got to get rid of them."
Question: Do you see that they still have an opportunity to come back and earn that respect again?
Troy Woolfolk: "Exactly. I always have open arms for anybody. If they start showing the effort than I try to help them out more, try to help them out more and try to talk to them more and be affiliated with the more. They just got to show the will to try and work before I try to talk to them."
Question: Does Tate have that sort of disease you were talking about?
Troy Woolfolk: "The only reason he is not really labeled with the disease is because of the faith that we put in him last year and the way he was able to help the team before the end of the year and we started losing. People still trust him a little bit, but he is starting to dis-earn that trust and slowly but surely starting to get on him as well."
Question: Give me your earliest sport's memory?
Troy Woolfolk: "My earliest sports memory…okay since I have a dad who is from the sport's world. It was a time when he was trying to try me out to see what kind of sport I would play when I would grow up. So he had baseball lined up, had a basketball court and he threw a football. It is one of those little ones where you push the baseball down and it pops up. So he pushed it down, swung missed and so he knew I wasn't going to be a baseball player. He gave me the basketball, I shot it and I air balled it, so he knew I was not going to be a basketball player. So then he threw me the football and I fumbled it at first but then I finally caught it after three tries, so I guess I was a true test and that's why I'm at where I am right now."
Question: If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?
Troy Woolfolk: "I would have to say. There is little guy name Kevin Hart. He is absolutely hilarious. He is this really funny guy and he shows emotion all the time. You see his comedy. It is something that is called Seriously Funny, which is contradicting and that's kind of funny in its own way."
Question: Do you have any pregame rituals at all?
Troy Woolfolk: "This is actually kind of funny. You know the song My Prerogative? I listen to it every morning before the game, about five in the morning and I just get on my bed and start dancing and try to do the dance. It gives you a nice energetic flow throughout the body and gets you ready for the game."
Question: Any childhood or more recently crazy or fun Halloween costumes?
Troy Woolfolk: "I remember one time…I had nothing too special, just like a boxing outfit and I had these little inflatable arms, because when I was younger I was really skinny. Even though I inflated, I still looked skinny, so I had to stuff some socks in there but other than that nothing too off the wall or crazy."
Question: What is it going to be like to have Iowa in your place? They were one of those teams that you were right there with.
Troy Woolfolk: "I think it gives us the advantage. I think the advantage was those two points, that was the home field advantage. So we now got those two points and so we will see if they are going to be able to come back against us against their home crowd and try to make a play."
Question: Going against a guy Ricky Stanzi, I do not know if you want to say prone to mistakes or forces some balls. He takes some chances; what kind of mindset do you have when you go against him or any quarterback that is kind of like him?
Troy Woolfolk: "I actually have tremendous respect for Ricky Stanzi, because even though people might call it crazy, I call it courage and I don't want to use a swear word on you, but I think he has it. He is not afraid to try and throw something in there. It makes me anxious to play him more because I know he is willing to try to make that hard throw, which potentially could end as being an interception for me. So it is a challenge that I like to go against."
Question: Does that give you almost something to prove when going against him, like you want to make the play because you know other people can. Is it a pride thing that you want to go against someone who is that courageous?
Troy Woolfolk: "Yeah exactly. It is a pride thing more than an anxious thing. You feel like you have to do something because he is known for possibly making that pass. Last year, I had two chances, I made great breakup on the ball and the last second I was about to pick it and the receiver came and hit the ball out. They got receivers who could be DBS."
Question: Do you think that the fans always asking for more makes the Michigan coaching just job one of the most difficult in the country?
Troy Woolfolk: "I think so yeah, because like I said the expectations of winning. We are the most winningest programs in the nation and people expect us to in. Regardless, right now people always want to know what Michigan is doing, even though we were three or something; we were still all over the news because we are Michigan. You can't get rid of such a reputation like that in just one losing season, so they except that, after every season we will get back to the old Michigan."
Question: Outside of Michigan, who is the best quarterback in the Big Ten?
Troy Woolfolk: "Since (Daryl) Clark is gone, I would have to say Ricky Stanzi, even though he throws some risky passes. I think overall he is a great leader for the team. His leadership on and off the field compensates for those risky passes that he does."
Transcript: Troy Woolfolk, Part 4
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