Originally written on MaizeAndGoBlue  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Following Michigan’s 42-17 win over Iowa on Senior Day, Brady Hoke spoke to the media about Denard, the new offense, and the upcoming battle with Ohio State. Brady Hoke speaks to the media after the Iowa game (Justin Potts, M&GB) Opening Statement “It was a good game, a good football win. The seniors got to go up the tunnel senior victors for the last time in this game and we put a lot of emphasis on that because of the struggles and what they go through when you look at a guy who’s been here for our five years. So it was great for them and great for our team that the younger guys, younger-classmen, went out there and competed for  them. That’s the expectation and the guys who are seniors who were playing in their last game at Michigan Stadium, I thought they did a nice job of going out there and playing 60 minutes of football.” On how difficult it is to see the seniors perform for the last time in Michigan Stadium… “It’s always difficult and that’s because I’m a very emotional person, good or bad. Pick your poison. We get very tight, close with the players because we are there to help them grow, so from a personal life standpoint to the academics to social to everything else, they’re your sons. That’s the way we look at it.” On when he made the decision for Denard to play and come up with the role he played… “I didn’t make the decision for him to play. Once he got cleared and he felt good health wise, we had talked about doing this for 18 months. Al [Borges], when he got home last week after the Northwestern game that night, he had nine plays ready. And we put six more in. So I think Al Does a tremendous job of taking your personnel and the playmakers that you have on your team and having the ability to get them the ball and let their God-given ability take over.” On Fitz Toussaint’s injury… “He’s in the hospital now and he has surgery. I think we’ll leave it at that for now. His mother wasn’t here, he had two brothers here, so we’ll leave it at that.” On how important it was to work out some of the kinds with Devin and Denard on the field at the same time before next week… “Next week really never had anything to do with it. We had to beat Iowa. We’re still in a championship race and we wanted to win this game for our seniors and also because we’re still in a race for the championship.” On whether there was any thought of using Denard as quarterback… “Well, I think it would be unjust for us not to use him in the best way that we thought would let him be the most successful. He’s throwing the ball a little bit, he’s not throwing it a lot, so we felt this was the best. This kid has put up with a lot of criticism at times [and] he’s been praised at times. He’s a competitive guy who loves the game and loves his teammates and he showed great maturity the last three weeks and great leadership.” On whether he had to convince Denard that he would play, but not at quarterback… “No.” On whether there was any thought of playing him at quarterback… “Nuh uh. There really wasn’t. I mean it was you wanna play, where could he help us best playing.” On whether Denard can throw the ball… “Yeah, but not as well as he’d like to.” On Denard’s personality of being willing to not “be the boss” in his last home game… “I think it tells you about what kind of kid he is, what kind of young man, I should say, he is. His development, his growth, his character, and the integrity. This kid has had some unbelievable moments here at Michigan and in Michigan Stadium and he has had some moments that weren’t so good. But he has grown within this team and this is his team. Him and [Jordan] Kovacs – all the seniors have a big piece of it, and I know Devin said it the other day, he has been the face of Michigan football.” On how comfortable Devin looked scoring six touchdowns… “He had six touchdowns? See I don’t remember that stuff. [Reporter: "He was pretty good."] Well, I think you answered your questions, he was pretty good [everybody laughs].” On whether he heard the crowd chanting ‘Beat Ohio’… “Yeah, and I said to somebody next to me we need to beat Iowa.” On the comfort level of the team playing at home, having not lost at home in two years… “Well, I think you see it in all kinds of sports, playing at home is something that’s treated us well and I think the familiarity with everything. I wish I could tell ya, I just think there’s a comfort, I guess.” On whether his teams have always played well at home… “I have no clue. Again, it’s something that I don’t think about.” On whether the offense used against Iowa will be what we see going forward… “Going forward where?” Ohio State and the bowl, or could Denard go back to quarterback?… “Umm, I don’t know. I guess he could. I don’t know. It’s an option.” On when Denard was cleared, what he had to do to get cleared, and is he able to grip the football… “Yeah, yeah. What’s today, Saturday? Probably, umm, six days ago.” On whether Denard is cleared for good now or if he’s still day to day… “He might be day to day.” On whether Fitz’s injury was his ankle or leg… “I’m not going to [get into that]. I want to make sure his mother has been contacted.” On what it will mean coaching his first game in Columbus as head coach… “It’s fun. It is fun. Because it’s a great rivalry and there’s a lot of respect on both sides, both programs. So for both programs it’s fun. It’s fun. It’s going to be fun.” On the success of the downfield passing game today… “Well, I think some play action set it up. Gallon made a terrific catch with concentration. The ball was where it needed to be and it was defended pretty decently. One of the best throws that was made – and catches – was an out on the sideline to Roy [Roundtree]. I thought Roy did a nice job with his hands. I said this last week, but I think Roy is really catching the ball more with his hands and not as much in his body as he had earlier.” On when he noticed Roy starting to catch the ball more with his hands… “Shoot, I don’t know. Sometime. Probably in practice” On whether the offense threw things out that Ohio State will have to prepare for… “You know, if I was that smart to do that, I would have done it. But no, we were trying to beat Iowa. We were trying to put our players – it would be very selfish of us as coaches for us not to give these kids the best chance to win a football game. Whatever we do offensively or defensively to prepare, if we don’t do that, then we’re short-selling this program and these seniors and these kids, and we’re not going to do that.” On what prevented him from using this offense prior to today… “How would I answer this. [Reporter: "Honestly." Crowd laughs] I would say in doing it it would have been done kind of like we did last year a little bit more when we had both of them on the field and we just added to it. There’s a maturity level for everybody that it takes to be able to handle those kind of things.” On whether he meant Devin at quarterback and Denard at receiver… “Maybe. Sort of.” On how the job of the receivers and the way Devin is throwing the ball is helping the offense pick up where Denard left off… “I think there’s a lot of truth to all of that. I think our front is blocking better. I think part of that is the play action game. I think part of it’s the play action out of the I-back that has helped.” On how tough it is for an opposing defense to prepare for a new formation… “Well, you’ve got to spend some time on it, so sometimes that’s the biggest thing. You’re spending time maybe on a formation that was run three times and thinking what can you do out of it, what can they do out of it, and so as a coach, you’re spending your time and then you’re taking practice time. So, it’s time and there’s one thing that none of us have is a lot of time.” On how confident he is that the players can put the emotion of the last home game behind them… “Well, they’re going to have to. I’m pretty confident in how our seniors have led and how we’ve gone to work every Sunday – win and lose.” On the defense’s performance… “Yeah, we missed some sacks, we don’t tackle, they’re knocking us off the line of scrimmage early. It was awful.” On Desmond Morgan’s status… “I thought he’d be ready, but he’s not.” On whether he wants to say what the injury is… “No.” On Gary Moeller getting honored during a timeout and what it means to him… “It means a lot. Coach Mo as a person, as a coach, and a man, means a lot. Means a lot to Michigan.”
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