Oct. 21, 2010
This week, University of Michigan football captain Stephen Schilling answers questions about his favorite super hero, his toughest opponents to date and what food he and his teammates eat before games -- all in the bye-week edition of "Ask Steve."
Each Friday, Stephen answers your questions. Football, school, life, pop culture -- Steve is an open book. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on Facebook each Friday when "Ask Steve" is posted.
Scott Stuit asks on Facebook: "Are the alumni and former players around a lot and what's their level of support for the program?"
There are always alumni and former players roaming the halls of Schembechler Hall. For the most part, they're guys that are one or two years removed from the program who are still working out and training for the NFL. But almost every Saturday in the fall, you can see one or two former great players around the football building or on the sidelines. Their support is always really great. As Michigan alums, they obviously want the team to do well and many of the alumni are willing to do whatever they can to help.
Brian Smart asks on Facebook: "Who's your favorite super hero?"
I think I'm going to have to pick Wolverine from X-Men, for obvious reasons. Besides the fact that we are the Wolverines, he's a pretty cool superhero. And the movie was pretty awesome too.
Rick Picoldi emails: "Who has been your toughest opponent to date in your career?"
This is a tough question. It really is hard to say. For me, the teams and players I played against my freshman year stick out the most, but it could also just be because I was a freshman. The year I got to play against a few first-round defensive ends, including Vernon Gholston and Derrick Harvey, sticks out. And it was definitely a hard-fought game against Florida that year because they had so much talent on defense. There were so many great college players that have now moved on to have successful pro careers as well.
Cameron Sterling asks on Facebook: "What does the team usually enjoy most for pre-game meals?"
We have the same meals every weekend that we travel. The food at The Campus Inn (where we stay) is amazing. On the night before we get clam chowder, salad, corn, mashed potatoes, chicken, lasagna, and prime rib. It's all served buffet style. In the mornings before games it depends if the game is a noon kickoff or 3:30 p.m. game. If it's noon, we have eggs, bacon, potatoes au gratin, and French toast. If it's an afternoon game, some lunch options are included like spaghetti and chicken, but the eggs and everything are still there too.