Sept. 3, 2010
University of Michigan football captain and fifth-year offensive lineman Stephen Schilling will take part in a season-long project on MGoBlue.com called "Ask Steve." Stephen will take your questions over email and Facebook and answer the best ones every Friday on MGoBlue.
Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or watch for Steve's Friday post on the Michigan football Facebook fan page and leave a comment.
Friday, Sept. 3 (UConn Week)
Lydia Schilling emails: "I wanted to congratulate you on your captaincy! What a terrific (and well-deserved) honor. What's the quarterback situation? Are there going to be a lot of QBs getting playing time?"
Hey Aunt Lydia, thank you so much!
To be honest, no one really knows the QB situation besides Coach Rodriguez. We've had three quarterbacks getting lots of reps, and Coach Rod will announce the starter sometime this week. I trust coach to make the best decision and I trust all of our quarterbacks to help our team this year.
Cyrus Sidhwa emails: "In the clips on MGoBlue.com, everyone has shared a lot of optimism. One thing I haven't heard anyone talk about is anger that I have to believe the team feels. The players have mentioned playing with a hard edge, but what has been said by the seniors and the coaching staff regarding the team's general mood?"
Cyrus, the team's mood right now is one of excitement. There's lots of optimism, as you noticed, because we're confident in the work we've put in this offseason and now we're excited to put it out there on the field for the first time this Saturday. There's extra motivation with all the adversity of the past few years, and it could spawn some anger, but the team has put that behind us and we're ready to play some football.
Bill Weber asks on Facebook: "What has been the best moment of your career so far? What do you think you'll miss the most about your Michigan football experience?"
Bill, great question. There are so many moments that I can think back on. The first time I touched the banner and ran out of the tunnel certainly sticks out. My first play was against Appalachian State (a game which will be memorable for the wrong reasons). If I had to pick just one I think the Capitol One Bowl against Florida was really special. Not only was it my first bowl game, but we beat a great team in Florida with a great player like Tim Tebow at the helm, and we sent Coach Carr into retirement with a signature win. You couldn't write it any better if you tried. I think what I'll miss most about my Michigan football experience are the players and coaches I've developed relationships with. I've made the best friends of my life here at Michigan, and I'll never forget playing football at the greatest program in America.