On the Florida Gators
... "Well, I think it's a typical Florida team. They have a good offensive team that has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Florida has a fine quarterback in Rex Grossman and I think the running back, Ernest Graham, is an outstanding football player. Of course, Taylor Jacobs is one of the best wide receivers in the country. I think you always tend to look at their offense but they are very talented on defense. They are an athletic football team that can run to the ball so it should be a very good football game."
Who should Florida fans watch out for on your team ... "Well, hopefully they'll see a team that plays hard and together and puts together a good effort. We don't have a lot of All-Americans but we do have a lot of guys playing that can play the game."
Is anyone being held out of practice or do you have any major injuries ... "Not that I can tell you. We lost five defensive football players for the season and none of those young men will be able to return. Other than that we are pretty healthy."
On the three players in the 50-pass reception range ... "I think we have been able this season to get the ball to our playmakers and spread the ball around. It creates some problems that I hope can help us run the ball some and allow us to take advantage of what the defense gives us."
On Victor Hobson's role with all the injuries suffered defensively ... "Victor is a tremendous football player and has been All-Big Ten the past two years. It (the injury situation) won't affect Victor at all."
OnHobson being a playmaker ... "I think that right from the beginning of the season Victor has taken a leadership role. He has had an outstanding year. What I like about him is that he's had the best year of his career. Victor is a senior, he's a captain and is a great leader. He has done everything that his team has expected of him."
On being away for Christmas, especially the freshmen ... "I think they understand that coming in (to Michigan). For us it's an academic issue yet that doesn't make it easy to be away from home. That is always the downside of coming down to the bowl early because everyone would like to be with there families. It is something that we had to do because of our academic schedule."
On Marlin Jackson and teams possibly shying away from him ... "I don't know that teams do that. I think that anytime teams have good receivers they want to challenge you and find out if you can stop them. I don't think that teams are going away from Marlin yet. I think Florida is going to take what the defense gives and see how he covers. I think they want find out how good he is."
On the difference between Florida struggling and executing its offense ... "I haven't seen Florida struggle. I think they've played as tough a schedule as anyone in the country and I think that we are very similar teams in that regard. When you look at Florida's schedule and our schedule, you see two schedules packed with good opponents. Sometimes against good football teams you don't have the success you normally would like to have but that is the nature of game and what it's like to play outstanding teams."
On this being like a home game for Florida ... "I think when you play at Michigan in the stadiums that we play you become used to the away atmosphere. I think this will be a pro-Florida crowd but we'll have an outstanding contingent of Michigan fans. We've sold a lot of tickets but we are going in knowing that we have to deal with the crowd. That is part of normal bowl preparation for us whether we're on the West Coast or Southeast."
On how closeMichigan was to having an 11-1 record instead of 9-3 and what a win in the Outback Bowl would mean ... "We look at this as a one-game season. That is the way we try to approach the bowl season. We have the opportunity to play against the SEC and against an outstanding football team. Florida is also a school that we've never played against before. I think that is enough incentive rather than worry about the previous games."
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