ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Each Friday, we 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 and some will be offbeat, but they’ll give some more insight on the Wolverines.
No. 3 Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) hosts Illinois (2-4, 1-2) at 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
“There was blood on their faces, chainsaws revved up. I was going fast. I was screaming.”
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis recounted his bye week visit home to Lakewood, Ohio, where he got a home-cooked meal, carved pumpkins and visited a haunted house full of hardware-wielding clowns.
They’re coming for you …
“Mo has worked his butt off to become the player he is. He’s a get-off guy. You can call him ‘slippery’ because he gets through the cracks.”
Defensive end Chris Wormley on defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. The 6-foot-2, 282-pound Hurst has 18 tackles, two sacks and five quarterback hurries … and moves well for a big man.
“He’s doing good. I go up there and see him. He’s doing good. He’s got that look in his eye that ‘this isn’t too much for me, and I’m going to get through this.’ We’re going to support him. Talk about a selfless guy. My wife and I went up there to talk to him when it first happened. He’s laying in bed and the first thing he asks is, ‘Hey, how is Zach’s game on Friday?’ Wow! Talk about a guy. It gets me a little choked up because someone’s child is sitting in that hospital bed.”
Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno on left tackle Grant Newsome, who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury sustained Oct. 1 against Wisconsin.
Have to give many thanks to @UMHealthSystem. Literally every person I've met has gone out of their way to make sure I'm happy and healthy
— Grant Newsome (@grant_newsome) October 13, 2016
“He fell down against Penn State and didn’t score a touchdown on the punt return! But he’s going to be a harsh grader. That makes him who he is. I think that Jabrill, because he does so many things, the sky is the limit. He can constantly keep getting better and better, so if he feels like he’s a C-minus, then I’m going to agree to him, and we’ll talk and see what I can do and what we can do to help him get up to an A.”
Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge on Jabrill Peppers giving himself a C-minus as a midterm grade.
Good thing Peppers doesn’t grade on a pass/fail basis. However, we’ve created a new hashtag at Landof10.com: #JabrillPeppersCurve
“He looked at me, grabbed my shoulder, and said, ‘Well Kai, it’s nice to meet you.’ While doing this, he never strayed away with eye contact for our entire conversation, which was about 15 minutes. He never moved his eyes. I found that funny when I first met him.”
4-star offensive line commit Kai-Leon Herbert on his first time meeting Jim Harbaugh.
Drake Johnson has cast his ballot. Even though he won’t.
I've decided not to vote. Don't feel confident enough in these candidates to support either.
— Drake Johnson (@DRAKEington) October 16, 2016
If you’ve decided who you’re voting for Nov. 8 — or if you’ve decided not to vote — here’s another option: Vote in the Landof10.com poll. You, too, can have a say in what you believe Michigan’s second-half record will be.
Landof10.com’s Brandon Justice contributed to this report.