Ask Steve: Illinois Week

Nov. 5, 2010

Michigan football captain and fifth-year offensive lineman Stephen Schilling talks about teammate Denard Robinson, the best coaches he's ever had and answers the age-old question -- Mike Barwis vs. a possibly rabid Grizzly Bear. Who ya got?

Check out this edition of Ask Steve and email your questions to or watch for Steve's Friday post on the Michigan football Facebook fan page and leave a comment.

James Kulpa emails: "What was it like to run out of the tunnel for the first time at Michigan Stadium?"

As I'm approaching my last time running out of the tunnel, I've actually been thinking about this a lot. It's a huge rush to walk down the same tunnel so many great Michigan players have walked down, and then run out in front of 100,000 plus screaming fans. It's pretty indescribable, which I realize as I'm trying to describe it, it's something I'll miss a lot.

Anton Nicola emails: "At all levels of football, who has been your favorite coach?"

I think I've had too many great coaches to pick just one. While you might not be happy with my politically correct answer, I honestly can't pick one. From my high school coach to Coach Carr and Coach Rodriguez, each coach is different and have helped me be a better player through the years.

David Bogue emails: "What's it like protecting Denard Robinson?"

In a word, fun. Denard is such an exciting player and he can break a long run or pass on any down. When it's a pass play we have to be aware that he could take off and scramble at any time so we have to stress blocking to the whistle. But Shoe is a complete player, in my opinion, and he definitely has the ability to throw the ball and usually looks to throw before he runs, which is good for balance in our offense.

Kurt W. Bruderly asks on Facebook: "Coach Barwis vs. a grizzly bear, who wins? Keep in mind, the bear could be rabid."

Coach Barwis vs. a grizzly bear? Haha, I wish I could ask him and see what he thinks. I'm sure he thinks he'd win, no problem. But if we threw the two of 'em in a cage match and we were making bets, I'd have to choose the rabid grizzly bear. Sorry Coach.

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