2001 FBL vs. Miami (Ohio) -- quotes
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Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr

On his overall thoughts about the game ... "Well, I think with a young football team, particularly offensively, I give credit to Miami of Ohio. The coaching staff and players, they played hard and stayed in the ball game up until the last drive we had. It's a typical first game. I though our defense did a good job. They got some things that they hadn't anticipated, but I thought they made good adjustments and, for the most part, we played them good on defense. We missed some tackles. Offensively, we have a lot of things to correct. As a football team we have a lot of things to correct. There were a lot of good things. It's always good to get the first one out of the way. I'm particularly happy defensively. We lost ILB Eric Brackins, who sprained his ankle on Wednesday during practice. We didn't think he was going to be able to play much. Then, inside linebacker Larry Foote went down with an injury in the first quarter. We had a lot of young guys out there, but they did a lot of good things. We've got to get it together here."

On the offensive line's play ... "Miami brought a lot of people. They did a good job early. We hit the big pass to Marquise Walker which set up our first touchdown. There's a lot of guys out there who haven't played on that offensive line with one exception, Jonathan Goodwin. There's a lot of things that you have to work on, you have to improve on. Hopefully, they'll learn a lot of things from this game and we may have missed holes but there's a lot of things out there that, hopefully, we'll be able to correct when we see the film."

On the effectiveness of going to the tight end ... "We should have gone earlier to the tight end. John Navarre had a good pocket presence and made some good reads. He made some mistakes, but I thought he did a good job making good throws."

On Michigan struggling at times on defense ... "I think we have to tackle better but that's what happens when you get everybody spread out. Miami did a good job with both quarterbacks in the game. They ended up going with four-wide sets and they spread us out and, of course, they had some good ideas out there. I didn't like some of the tackling but we've got to make sure that if we miss, we miss to where we have help coming, to where the safeties are or to wherever the help is coming from. We had some plays where they broke through there and you never like big plays. If you give up big plays then you give up too many points."

Junior/Sophomore Quarterback John Navarre

On starting the first game of the season... "I did okay in the leadership role. I think there's room to improve. I will watch film and see how it went and I will make adjusments. The positive thing is that we can get better."

Junior Running Back B.J. Askew

On quarterback John Navarre ... "I think John palyed really well today. John definitely was a leader on the field today and took care of things."

On trying to fire up the team in the third quarter ... "We didn't have a big lead and we weren't playing very well. I just tried to get everyone fired up. No matter the lead or the deficit we need to play hard."

On his number of carries... "I really didn't know what to expect coming into this game. I will do whatever it takes to help this team win, whether it be running or receiving. My legs were tired in the third quarter so they brought Chris Perry into the game to give us a change of pace. I think all of our running backs played well today, but we have a lot of improvements to make."

Junior/Sophomore Inside Linebacker Carl Diggs

On his interception ... "I was in the right place at the right time. I thought one of our defensive linemen deflected it for me. Once I caught it, I tried to get a few yards."

On defensive overall performance ... "We wanted to show we can be counted on. We gave up a few big plays but, overall, I thought we played pretty well."

On the "big" plays the defense made ... "I think it's a sign of a veteran team to make big plays at opportune times. We talked about making big plays all summer long and it's good to see us execute."


Miami (Ohio) Head Coach Terry Hoeppner

On the game... "Congratulations to Lloyd Carr and his staff; obviously they are a great football team. I am proud of our team, we played hard and showed a lot of heart. Our character was demonstrated in this performance. You cannot make the mistakes we made. We had a lot of opportunities that we just did not take. We felt coming out in the second half that we could throw the ball, but we did not abandon the running game. Give them (Michigan) a lot of credit. We got pressure defensively and they made the plays."

On quarterback Ben Roethlisberger... "He is going to be hard on himself, but he had his moments. The experience he gained today will only help. We have got to learn a lot from this game. We have to get a lot better. You get one under your belt and you must learn from it."

Senior/Junior Wide Receiver Eddie Tillitz

On scoring touchdown ... "It would have been more exciting had we won."

On Miami's overall team game ... "We played with a lot of heart, but we didn't execute. I think that if we had executed on both sides of the ball then we could have won this thing."

On playing in the "Big House" ... "Once the game got going I felt fine. I thought that maybe the atmosphere would feel more cramped, but it wasn't bad at all. We communicated on the field well too, considering there were 100,000 people here today."

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

On debuting in front of 100,000 people ... "It was special to come here and play in front of this Michigan crowd. There is a lot of tradition here and it was a great experience."

On his performance ... "I don't think I played particularly well. I have lots to improve on. I need to use this week to prepare for next weekend."

On Miami's offensive game ... "I liked the no-huddle offense. We didn't have any delay penalties. Our offensive line picked up the blitzes really well and the receivers ran some solid patterns."


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