ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Each Friday, we’ll cobble together a quick roundup of the best quotes and tweets from the Michigan football program’s coaches, players and recruits. Some will be serious, some will be offbeat — but all will give some more insight into the Wolverines.
This weekend, No. 4 Michigan (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) travels to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights (2-3, 0-2) 7 p.m. ET Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.
“Something about me loves coming out to the stadium (with fans) booing you. I don’t know why. I like being on the villain and a lot of guys on the team feel the same way. It lights a fire underneath you. I look forward to that a lot.”
— Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, on his team taking its first trip to Rutgers since losing there in 2014, and the Wolverines’ first road trip this season.
Party in Piscataway, circa 2014:
Tough day for goalposts! Rutgers fans celebrating first Big10 win. Photo courtesy @chengilis pic.twitter.com/kYUpnLAxCm
— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) October 5, 2014
“Bon Jovi. See ya guys, thanks!”
— Passing game coordinator and New Jersey native Jedd Fisch’s rather abbreviated answer to whether his home-state musical taste leans Springsteen or Bon Jovi.
“In my opinion, northern Jersey has the better brand of high school football. Is that where we’re going? Is it northern Jersey? Is Rutgers up north? Yeah, I’m not even sure. But yeah, some good ball up there, for sure.”
— Secondary coach Mike Zordich comparing northern New Jersey’s high school football to southern New Jersey. Yes, Piscataway — marked by that little red pin, thanks to Google Maps — is in northern New Jersey.
“He’s strong as they come, and I know that all things are possible with Grant Newsome. But keep him in your prayers, as he is in ours. It’s going to be — got some things to work through right now, but he’s handling it like a champ.”
— Coach Jim Harbaugh on the loss of offensive lineman Grant Newsome to a season-ending knee injury.
Tweet of the week: Michigan commit Corey Malone-Hatcher’s video appeal to 5-star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones of Cass Tech (Detroit), a recruiting pitch of sorts.
DONOVAN P. JONES, 5 STAR WR
— Corey Malone-Hatcher (@CMH2017) October 5, 2016