Michigan Coach Brady Hoke Post Game Quotes

January 1, 2013

MICHIGAN COACH BRADY HOKE

Opening statement:
"Theres a couple things in football that you dont want to do. Number one, you cant give up big plays and we had three, really four, big plays in the whole game that you cant allow to happen. Give them a lot of credit, but at the same time we had a lot of opportunities. The other thing is we give up a big punt return for a touchdown. Those things hurt your football team, obviously it hurts the momentum, morale, and what you want to do. Very proud of our seniors and very proud of our kids that participated and came down here and how the guys have worked all year. Weve got a long way to go as a football program and as a football team, but our seniors continued to lay some groundwork and a foundation."

On the Michigan defense giving up big plays:
"We missed Shaw one time on a big play. We had him kind of in the backfield. Id say kind of, not as good as you would like obviously. That one, Raymon (Taylor) thought he was going to intercept the ball. He wasnt in bad position, the kid made a good play. The one down the middle at the end youve got three deep and we just didnt do a good enough job with it."

On how well the line blocked Jadeveon Clowney:
"Weve got a pretty good left tackle and he was motivated, probably. I thought he did a nice job and then when he went out with cramps I thought (Michael) Schofield came in and just switched sides and did a nice job. We turned protection to him some and those kinds of things, but I think the matchup itself, I think Taylor (Lewan) and Jadeveon are two competitors and they competed."

On the overall play of the Michigan defense:
"There were three plays I dont know if we knew what they were going to do. Against the run game I thought our kids played well. I think they did a good job. They had a nice scheme with the replay. They were reading three technique and blocking it out which is something we had not seen a lot from them. That scheme was pretty good for them. But at the same time our kids were prepared well. I think that happens in bowl games a lot. I think Coach Mattison and the defensive staff did a really good job of trying to hone in some things that were a little bit of a wrinkle to do different and also understand what they were doing."

On receiver Jeremy Gallons performance:
"Jeremys a football player. He runs good routes, hes tough, he doesnt shy away from contact or anything. I think it was just something we thought that in some of their man coverage we could get a little bit of a mismatch now and then."

On gambling with a fake field goal and fake punt in the game:
"The blitzes and pressures were all the same, but we had worked that fake punt for nine weeks. The last game youd better run it, so we had to run it. The banquets over with, so we cant save it for the banquet. It was something that we had seen and liked against multiple teams. We just felt like that was one. Then on the field goal Drew (Dileo) had another second to keep his eyes on (Devin) Funchess and there was nobody on him. But again, Drew saved it by pulling the ball down and being a football play. He did the same thing last year in the Sugar Bowl. Hes a football player. I cant say enough about how well he plays the game of football. Four downs; Ive done that most of the year. Our defense is playing pretty good. You mention the big plays, but from the running game standpoint and getting some three and outs, four and outs, theyre hanging in there so youve got faith in them."

On giving up multiple big plays:
"It really doesnt feel very well, but it means that weve got to emphasize some things better, you know, deeper than deepest, keep the ball inside and in front."

On Devin Gardners play in the Outback Bowl:
"I thought he played pretty well. He handled the situation well. I think its another growing experience when you play in big games and good competition. He missed a couple of throws, but thats usually mechanics as much as anything else, and not stepping through the throw and something like that. He threw the one off the back foot down the field in the middle of the field that I really didnt want him to do. Other than that I thought he played a good football game."

On the play of the Michigan defense on South Carolinas final drive:
"I think Greg made some really good calls. I would have liked to see us, when we had a hold of them a couple of times, get them on the ground. We were ready for two minute situations. You study theirs and you know some of the things that they like to do because coaches kind of believe in certain things."

On the impact of Jadeveon Clowneys forced fumble:
"Its a big play. We had just gotten the ball on a fake punt, so timing and all that, it was a big play."

On what the Wolverines need to improve going forward:
"Multiple things; being able to run the ball and line of scrimmage play, both sides of the ball. Taking care of the football better. Playing good defense when you need to at the end of a game. Dont take that wrong, Im proud off the kids. Im real proud. They worked their tails off and were going to miss a group of seniors, their attitude and what theyve done for Michigan. They all know what the expectations are, thats why you go to Michigan, thats why you play at Michigan."