U-M focused on Iowa, not Senior Day (w/video)
This story originally published on GoBlueWolverine.com
Brady Hoke
Posted Nov 14, 2012

Twenty-three Wolverines are set to make their final appearance in the Big House Saturday afternoon against Iowa. Although emotions will be high, Coach Hoke says the team is focused on the Hawkeyes.

The end of the line isn’t completely staring Michigan’s seniors in the face just yet, with three guaranteed opportunities left to take the field in the Winged Helmet.

But it’s getting close.

Saturday’s final home game begins to wrap up the careers of several Wolverines that demonstrated commitment, character and leadership sticking around Ann Arbor through a trying coaching change and a difficult time in Michigan football history. Some will turn their talents into an NFL draft pick, others will look to utilize their Michigan degree in their field of study.

“It will be an emotional time, and it should be,” said Head Coach Brady Hoke. “A lot of these guys have been playing since they were in the third grade. And there will be some of them who never play again --- a lot of them.”

Despite the pomp and circumstance that comes with senior day, Hoke hopes his guys are looking too far ahead just yet.

“I hope they’re thinking about Iowa,” said Hoke.

After missing the previous two games, quarterback Denard Robinson, who Hoke again said Wednesday is “day to day,” will take part in the senior day festivities but may well never take another snap inside the Big House due to the lingering nerve injury to his throwing elbow.

Regardless, Hoke insists his team will be ready for an Iowa team coming to town losers of four straight in conference but at the same time riding a bit of a winning streak over the Wolverines, having won every meeting since the 2006-07 season.

“They’re playing well when you look at taking care of the football and turnovers,” said Hoke. “I think the run game from an offensive line standpoint—they’re typical Iowa where they’re going to get on you and do a great job in the zone schemes.”

“Defensively they’re going to play very tight up front, let the linebackers flow—and you see that.”

To watch video of Hoke from Wednesday’s press conference, press play below.

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