Michigan Football Preview 2013

2013 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Quotes Of The Year "They're a good team. We just didn't play Michigan football. We didn't start fast or finish fast." — Redshirt junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon on the 41-14 loss to Alabama "Air Force is very high tempo. We're not going to play another team like them this year. You have the option. You have the dive. There are different things you need to key in on, and playing technique is a big part of that." — Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan on playing Air Force, a 31-25 U-M victory "It was exciting. Anytime you can get an offensive lineman to have a touchdown, it is an exciting moment. He fell on it and he got the touchdown. There was a little debate on who fell on it first. The stats go to him and we give him kudos." — Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Patrick Omameh on redshirt junior offensive lineman Taylor Lewan's touchdown in the 63-13 blasting of UMass "I forced a lot of throws, and I want to say sorry to everybody who watches football, who watches Michigan football and who follows Michigan football. I want to say sorry. It won't happen anymore. I'm going to be accountable for the rest of the season." — Senior quarterback Denard Robinson's after committing six turnovers in a 13-6 loss to Notre Dame "It's a great feeling. I had never done that before and it's great. He missed a curl pass and I felt it in my hands, took it and ran with it. I didn't see anyone in front of me" —Junior defensive back Raymon Taylor on his interception return for a touchdown against Purdue "It is always exciting to bring PAUL BUNYAN (right) back. For me and Brendan, we have not seen Paul Bunyan since we have been at Michigan. It is always nice to get him back in our trophy case where he belongs." — Junior wide receiver Drew Dileo on the scene in the locker room after the 12-10 win over Michigan State photo by per kjeldsen "He threw the ball well after that. It was just a little boo-boo." Head coach Brady Hoke explaining Denard Robinson's injury, exit and subsequent return to the game with Illinois, a 45-0 Michigan win "It's an honor to represent a former Michigan player; he left his legacy on the program and was a standout person and player, and on top of that the President of the United States. It's a great honor and I'm going to wear it proud." — Sophomore linebacker Desmond Morgan on wearing the number of former Michigan great, Gerald Ford "He just couldn't grip the ball well enough. He couldn't throw the ball well enough. If he'd progressed a little further, he would have played there at the end, but it just wasn't happening." — Brady Hoke on Denard Robinson's chances of re-entering the Nebraska game, a critical 23-9 loss "I think during the game he and I earned a respect for each other and after the game I went up to him and said that he was one of the best defensive ends I have ever played against. He looked right in my eyes and said that I was one of the best tackles he's ever played against. It's a great compliment to have, but none of this matters because we didn't win the damn game." — Redshirt junior offensive lineman Taylor Lewan on his exchange with South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney following the 33-28 Outback Bowl loss By The Numbers 4 The number of interceptions Denard Robinson threw against Notre Dame. Robinson is the fourth quarterback in Michigan history to throw four in a game, joining John Wangler, John Navarre and Tate Forcier. 169.46 362 Michigan's average passing yards allowed per game last fall, which tied Boise State for fifth-best in the country. Number of games since Michigan was last shutout, giving it sole possession of first place in consecutive games of scoring points in NCAA history. The Wolverines were last held scoreless at Iowa in 1984. This record-setting mark tops BYU's streak of 361, which lasted from 1975-2003. 903 3 The current number of wins accumulated by Michigan after the 2012 season, the most in NCAA history. Number of years since the Michigan football program has had a first-round NFL Draft pick, its longest drought since 1988-90. Robinson was selected in the fifth round, while defensive lineman William Campbell went in the sixth round. 1 12 photo by per kjeldsen The number of times Michigan has opened the season with a neutral-site game — last season versus Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Michigan had held all 12 of their 2012 opponents to less than 200 yards passing, before South Carolina threw for 341 in the Outback Bowl. 196  ■  The Wolverine 2013 Football Preview 2012 Results DateOpponent Score Sept. 1 vs. Alabama* L, 41-14 Sept. 8 Air Force W, 31-25 Sept. 15 UMass W, 63-13 Sept. 22 at Notre Dame L, 13-6 Oct. 6 at Purdue W, 44-13 Oct. 13 Illinois W, 45-0 Oct. 20 Michigan State W, 12-10 Oct. 27 at Nebraska L, 23-9 Nov. 3 at Minnesota W, 35-13 Nov. 10 Northwestern W, 38-31 Nov. 17 Iowa W, 42-17 Nov. 24 at Ohio State L, 26-21 Jan. 2 vs. South Carolina^ L, 33-28 * at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas ^ Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

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