Sept. 30, 2010
Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling talks about trash talking and his number 52 in this installment of "Ask Steve," a season-long project on MGoBlue.com. The fifth-year senior captain 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.
Mike Richard emails: "Why do you wear the number 52?"
There's a little story behind why I wear 52, but it might not be that interesting. At my high school, numbers often get passed down from good senior players to up-and-comers. After my freshman year on the freshman team, as I was preparing to join varsity, the all-league offensive tackle from the year before wore 52. I can remember my coach coming up to me, handing me that number and saying it was a good lineman number. When I left, it passed on to a kid named David DeCastro, who's starting at guard for Stanford, and still wears 52. When I got to college, that same number was open, so I took it.
Sean Carlson emails: "Which Michigan player talks the most trash during the game?"
This is a tough one. There aren't too many guys who actually talk a lot of trash on our team. A lot of us just play hard and let our play do the talking. If I had to pick one person from the offense and defense, I'd pick David Molk on offense and J.T. Floyd on defense.
Chad Salisbury emails: "I think all of you have improved tremendously, but I have been most amazed at the improvement of Perry Dorrestein. What's your impression of someone who's come the furthest on the O-Line?"
Chad, I would definitely have to agree with you about Perry. He got his chance to play quite a bit last year, worked really hard this offseason to keep his starting spot, and definitely has done very well through the first few games of the season. He's a veteran who knows what he's doing out there and he's put his experience to good work. A guy who hasn't got much playing time (yet) that has come a long way is Ricky Barnum. He's extremely talented and can play all five positions on the line, and play them well. Ricky is a really good friend of mine, and I'm really excited to see what he can do when he gets to play more often. He's going to be a big asset to the team the next few years.