Notes from Hoke's Big Ten media call


For the second straight day, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said his junior quarterback, Denard Robinson, will be fine after being knocked out of Saturday's 28-14 loss to Michigan State. Hoke again said he took a hit in the back, but that he was already feeling better Monday.

And while Hoke said Monday he backed Robinson as his starting quarterbacks, he was asked on his theory of rotating quarterbacks on Tuesday. Michigan has done some of that this year with playing Devin Gardner snaps at quarterback.

He's not a huge fan.

"I don't think anyone is a big fan but I've also seen it work," Hoke said. "I think Pat (Fitzgerald), they've done a great job with Dan (Persa) and Kain (Colter) when they've rotated those guys in. There's something to be said for it to a certain degree if you want to get a guy out there for a series and let a guy take some shots out there."

Hoke said how teams use quarterbacks, though, depends where different programs are at.


Michigan will practice today and Thursday -- with today's practice working more on fundamentals since some of the Wolverines assistant coaches are on the road recruiting and won't return until Wednesday.

Thursday will start to work on specific things for Purdue -- but both days will also be opportunities for rest for some of Michigan's banged up players, including Robinson and Troy Woofolk.


Hoke again said "I don't know. I don't make those decisions" when asked about whether or not any Michigan State players should be suspended for late hits and unnecessary roughness from Saturday's game. ... Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio would not address any potential action against defensive end William Gholston, preferring to wait until a review from the Big Ten office. ... Hoke said offensive philosophies have changed in the Big Ten since he first arrived in the league as a Michigan assistant coach in the mid-1990s but the league is still an "awfully physical football league."