ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Now that Michigan's bye week is over, coach Brady Hoke has the tricky assignment of evaluating a weekend where his team didn't play any football.
"It is hard to evaluate bye weeks, but I think this was a good one," he said. "If nothing else, our freshmen, who have been here since June 25, got 36 hours to go home, see their families and watch their high school play a game. They needed that."
The rest of the players also had the same 36-hour window to go home, but most of them passed.
"I live in Arizona, so I just stayed here," defensive end Craig Roh said. "I watched Nebraska-Wisconsin. I watched State against Ohio, and I caught up on some school work.
"I also caught up on a lot of sleep. It's nice to feel rested."
The team also did quite a bit of work on the practice field, focusing on techniques and fundamentals. That meant Roh spent a lot of time faced off against Michigan's star offensive tackle, Taylor Lewan, instead of facing a scout-team tackle trying...