On how how it's possible that he is available for the bowl game:
"I went to go have surgery on it Tuesday (after the Ohio State game),
and they told me that it was an old injury and that I did not have to have surgery
on it so I didn't have to get it repaired. They said I did it in high school,
so having surgery would just make it worse."
On what the injury was:
"Just like a sprained ligament in my foot."
On how it feels now:
"It's feeling a lot better, had a lot of the rest and rehab and I'm moving
On when the doctors determined surgery wasn't needed:
"Actually, I was passed out and they looked under with a fluoroscope,
moved it around and they came to the conclusion that I didn't need the surgery.
They said it was going to be a 50-50 chance I would wake up with screws in my
foot or not, and I didn't, so I was pretty happy. (Laughter)."
On if he has any pain:
"There's really not much pain and it's doing pretty well."
On how it feels to go from being out to being able to participate:
"It feels great. When they told me before the Ohio State game I needed
surgery, it just hurt having to miss another game and when they told me I didn't
need it, it was awesome. I'm going to go out there and try to do what I can
to help my team."
On if this game is his opportunity to show the season is not a total
"Yeah, absolutely, because I was hurt all four games I played and I didn't
play like I could have. I really think going into this game I'm going to be
100 percent and I'll be able to show what I can do."
On the problems in the running game this season:
"Michigan tradition has always been to run the ball and we haven't run
the ball like we wanted to this year, and especially the Ohio State game. Our
practices we're definitely focused on running the ball and getting back to running.
All this game, we're going to be focusing on running and try to run the ball
down the field."
On if the problems in the running game:
"You can't blame it on injuries. As an offensive line, we haven't played
like we should have. I don't know, I think injuries play a little part of it
but you can't blame it on that. I think this game, we'll be ready to go."
On if there a big difference between 8-4 and 7-5:
"It's a huge difference. If we can win this game and play well, we'll
leave the seniors with a good win and get us ready for next year."
On if this game is the start of next year, or the wrap-up for this
"I think it's both, because bowl practice is a big way to get the freshmen
and the younger guys a lot of practice and get ready for next year. Then we're
still preparing for a game, so this is like a whole new season, a one-game season
and we're going out there and try to send the teams out on a good note for this
season and also prepare for next season."
On if he feels the general public is down for this game:
"Absolutely not. San Antonio, I hear it's a good place, a fun place to
go. And Nebraska is a good team and it's going to be a good game. We're not
worried about what the public says. We're just going out there and play our
game and try to win."
On if the team is disappointed about not being in the BCS, not playing
on January 2nd:
"We always try to play our best and either win a championship and play
on either January 1st or 2nd. That's always a goal we have. I know it was disappointing,
the season we had. You know, we had a good season. It just didn't go our way.
The Alamo Bowl is going to be a good game and it should be fun."
On if this season was a wake-up call regarding the parity in the Big
"It's a wake-up call showing us that yeah, we are competing for the Big
Ten, we're not guaranteed the Rose Bowl, and we can go anywhere. We just need
to focus on getting back to winning the Big Ten so we are guaranteed that Rose
On not meeting goals:
"Every game we have personal goals and team goals. We always set most
of our goals but our goal is to win the Big Ten and go to a BCS game and we
didn't fulfill that. We did hit goals, but next year, we'll definitely have
our mind set on the Big Ten."
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