Ask Steve: Massachusetts Week

Sept. 16, 2010

University of Michigan football captain and fifth-year offensive lineman Stephen Schilling will take part in a season-long mailbag on 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 or watch for Steve's Friday post on the Michigan football Facebook fan page and leave a comment.

Josh Wooldridge asks on Facebook: "If someone created a sandwich called "The Schilling," what would it consist of ?"

It would have to taste really good, and be a little different. There'd be a couple different kinds of deli meat, maybe pastrami or turkey pastrami and something else. Then there'd be onions, a fried egg, green peppers, maybe some olives, and ranch. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Gabrial Mielke emails: "I'm in the Army currently in Afghanistan and though I can't watch all your games, I try to follow on the internet, when we get connection, LOL. My question is, what's your opinion of the 3-3-5 defensive set?"

Gabrial, first of all, thank you very much for your dedication and service to this country. We couldn't be doing what we do here without the things you guys are doing over there, and we here at U-M are all very appreciative. I think the 3-3-5 is a really good base defense. Our defense has the ability to run a lot of different fronts because of the flexibility a lot of guys have being able to play more than one position. The 3-3-5 can be tricky for offenses because there are a lot of things you can do out of it, scheme-wise. I think they're able to hide their blitzes and stunts really well, and it can mess up blocking schemes. Lucky for us, we see it every day in practice, so if another team wants to run it, we should be ready!

Cyrus Sidhwa emails: "Can you share some of your thoughts about playing in the incredible rivalry that is Notre Dame and Michigan? Were you aware of the depth and intensity of the rivalry when you were in Washington?"

The Notre Dame and Michigan rivalry is so special because it's between the two most tradition-rich schools in America. It's almost impossible to explain the feeling of playing in a series that so many legendary players and coaches have participated in. There's a high level of respect between us and Notre Dame, and regardless of the team records, it's usually a good game. I can't say I understood the rivalry in Washington. I had a friend in high school who was a HUGE Notre Dame fan, so after I committed to U-M I heard about it from him, and I'm happy to say he has converted from Notre Dame to Michigan over the last five years.

Javier Chico Solares asks on Facebook: "Does Coach Barwis really put a trash can for puking in the middle of the weight room?"

There are MANY trash cans in the weight room. There's a period during the start of summer workouts where we're pushed really, really hard, and sometimes you can find a few people hugging those cans .

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