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 they’ll give some more insight on the Wolverines.
No. 2 Michigan (7-0, 4-0 in Big Ten Conference) plays at Michigan State (2-5, 0-4) at noon ET Saturday at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
“Dad gave me good advice. Put them in the same place when you go to sleep, put them on your face in the morning, and put them in the same place at night.
“They don’t get lost, they don’t get broken.”
Jim Harbaugh on his weekly Inside Michigan Football radio show, recounting the advice his father, Jack, gave him when he became a full-time glasses wearer … last week.
“I see room for growth. I don’t see a guy where you say, ‘We have the game plan on his shoulder.’ As he develops, incrementally, everything else will develop. He’s going to play better and better and better.”
Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt, on quarterback Wilton Speight and his progression and consistency this season.
“I might have heard that, but I don’t believe that. I haven’t seen that. They look to me that a couple of the guys that they played with against us last year are playing, and a couple guys that they’ve rebooted with are now up there and playing good. That defense is always good, always tough to play against. And they’re tough to play against forever. We expect their absolute best punch on Saturday.”
Passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch on the notion that Michigan State’s defense is down. Here’s Michigan State’s defensive statistics in seven games this season:
(By the way, numbers don’t lie.)
|Totals||Big Ten ranking|
|Tackles for loss||32||14th|
“Maybe I should bring it back! It’s funny, when I left (Boston College), some of the BC people said, ‘Oh, he’s stealing our dude of the week!’ Wait a minute! That was my ‘dude of the week!’ I let you borrow it! Mine! If you go back and ask some of the players 20 years ago, I used to say to them, ‘will you just be a guy?’ And then as times have gotten more modern, it’s guy, to dude. Being a guy is good. But if you’re a dude, you’re up here. My son was telling me about Dymonte Thomas. He’s a dude.”
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown, on his oft-used term of endearment for his defensive players. (Does Brown vs. Boston College constitute intellectual property theft?)
“I’m not even worried. It’s going to be a blowout.”
One Michigan recruit is confident in the outcome Saturday against Michigan State: Joel Honigford, a four-star offensive tackle from Garaway Local School in Sugarcreek, Ohio, who will join Michigan’s incoming 2017 freshman class.
Wait. What is this?
— Joel Honigford (@jhonig44) February 14, 2016
Don’t worry, this photo is outdated.
“Nephew you know we got the crab legs at the hotel right?”
Kai-Leon Herbert, a four-star offensive tackle who will also be part of Michigan’s incoming 2017 freshman class, visited Michigan last weekend. He had high hopes — and a creative caption on an Instagram post — for his Saturday night meal in Ann Arbor.
Landof10.com’s Brandon Justice contributed to this report.