Thursday, December 22, 2011
Quick hits from Hoke press conference
By Michael Rothstein
Michigan coach Brady Hoke addressed the media one final time before he heads to Ohio for the holidays -- he's from there -- and before his team heads to New Orleans to play Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
There were no huge bombshells out of the 16-minute chat -- he declined to discuss sanctions at Ohio State, for instance -- but still a lot of interesting things to say before his team goes down south.
As always in convenient bullet form, the highlights:
As first reported by colleague Adam Rittenberg yesterday, quarterback Denard Robinson is submitting paperwork to get an evaluation from the NFL Draft. Hoke thinks it is a good idea and that no other underclassmen inquired about draft status: "We've talked about it and I think it's smart to get an idea. I expect him to be back here, but we'll find out what happens. I don't live in hypothetics, but when we'll get the information we need we'll proceed like everything else."
Hoke on Robinson and quarterback in the pros: "There are some guys out there playing at the next level who have the same skill set."
Hoke expects everyone to make the trip to New Orleans, including safety Marvin Robinson, who has been dealing with a legal issue for half the season.
As far as the punting competition between Will Hagerup and Matt Wile, Hoke anticipates not making a decision on who will punt until a couple days before the bowl game.
Two or three recruits will enroll early for Michigan. Those players will actually beat the Wolverines back to campus after the Sugar Bowl.
Hoke on what he is most proud of with this team: "Being a team. Being a football team. And at the end of the year playing Michigan football for 60 minutes, the physicalness they played with and prepared with and the respect they have for each other and what they have as a team."
When it comes to sanctions at Ohio State, Hoke said he only worries about decisions pertaining to Michigan.
Michigan's players will have a curfew in New Orleans. What it is, though, is a mystery Hoke wouldn't share.