Jan. 4, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke
Opening statement ... "It was a great college football game -- two teams who played extremely hard, two teams that played for each other. I think Virginia Tech and Coach Beamer, they did an excellent job, when you look at how they defended us offensively. Then you look at the Michigan Wolverines and how our guys stayed together, complemented each other. We talked about playing 60 minutes of Michigan football. We played about 63 and a half, I think. I'm just real proud, real proud of our seniors, real proud of how they took this football team last January and molded it and did a tremendous job. We always have a tremendous legacy of Team 132 that a lot of teams are going to have to try and match up to.
On his confidence in Denard Robinson and Junior Hemingway ... "I've always had confidence in both of these guys. When you have a big target and a guy who has great timing, which I think is part why Junior makes a lot of those catches, and has a big body and bodies some people out of the way. So we've always had a lot of confidence in that combination and sometimes you are going to make plays. You've got to have guys who can make those plays, and when they're the ones doing it, you feel pretty good about it."
On the play of David Molk ... "David, he's a warrior. He's a captain on this football team. He tweaked his foot during the pregame. And our trainers did a tremendous job, our doctors. He has a lot of pride in Michigan and he has a lot of pride in this offense. It means a lot to see him come out there and perform like he did."
U-M Sophomore Kicker Brendan Gibbons
On his mindset before the game-winning kick ... "It felt good to go out there. Coach Hoke and the whole Team 132 had faith in me the whole season. Coach puts us in situations, two-minute drill every Thursday practice. And it just felt good to make the kick for the team to help the seniors go out in a good way."
On if he knew his game-winning kick was good and how he celebrated ... "I thought it was good when I hit it. Felt good coming off my foot. How did I celebrate? I just wanted to celebrate with my teammates, and it felt good to celebrate with them."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Wide Receiver Junior Hemingway
On scoring two touchdowns and his emotions ... "From the beginning when the coaches first came in we had to buy in and the seniors had to get the rest of the team to do the same thing, Team 132. It was just a hard-fought season. To go out there and do it for the underclassmen who now have a Sugar Bowl championship under their belt and for us to leave with the Sugar Bowl championship, it just shows our hard work, our determination, our resilience. And that's where most of the emotion came from."
On his two touchdown catches ... "The first one, the play was called. I forgot what the play was. It was corners. So I saw how the DB was playing. I broke it off in front of him. I saw Denard getting ready to throw the ball, but I didn't know who he was throwing the ball at. He threw it up and No. 1, I didn't play the ball good. I caught it. I heard the safety coming over; I didn't know if he was going to take me out or what. Snatched the ball in there, ran it in for six. And the second one, it was an all-goal play and I got behind the safety, and I was thinking in my head: please, Denard, throw this up, please, I want you to so bad. And he threw it up and I made a play on it."
U-M Junior Quarterback Denard Robinson
On how the game went for him ... "I feel like this was a team that didn't quit and we just kept fighting. We held everybody accountable for what we had to do to win."
On getting the offense going after Virginia Tech made two field goals ... "We knew the defense was stepping up making big plays. It was time for the offense to step up and make plays, and that's what we did."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Defensive End Ryan Van Bergen
On what this means to him and the senior class ... "We've had times where we had to face adversity throughout this whole season, and it kind of comes full circle for the seniors. Like you talked about, we faced a lot of adversity since we've been here. This game was kind of just a microcosm for what happened to us so far as a senior class, and it's been an amazing turnaround for this year, and I think the seniors left an amazing legacy. Team 132 will be the fifth team in Michigan history to have 11 wins. That's significant when you play in a program that has the tradition that Michigan has. So we couldn't be more proud as seniors. I couldn't be more proud of the guys that we got the opportunity to lead. It's a full team effort. And we just stayed strong all season. It's a marathon."
On when his injury occurred ... "I got stuck under a pile and my foot got bent down in an angle, so my foot was parallel with my shins, so that was an awkward angle. That was early in the game, and that was bothering me. I had a cut block actually fold it the other way. So I was just trying to battle it off. This was my last game. Unless I saw a bone, I was going to try to stay in and fighting that off. The guys behind me, they filled the role really well. Jibreel Black did a great job at the end of the game."
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