September 12, 2012
It's time to bid farewell to summer and gear up for the fall sports season. In the following series of Q&As prepared by the team in Michigan Athletics, U-M coaches reveal what fans can expect from our athletes this year.
"We have to approach every game like we are going to be the more physical team, and that starts up front. No matter the outcome, we have to play harder and more physical than our opponent." — Brady Hoke
"[This] will be the most talented team we've had at Michigan since I've been here. . . This is a year that Michigan should look eye-to-eye with just about every team in the Big Ten." — Greg Ryan
"I have a pretty good idea of what's coming. Every game is going to be very challenging and difficult. That's a challenge I know our guys look forward to."
— Chaka Daley
"Our greatest strength is our attack. These players are exciting to watch—fast and skilled. They can handle pressure well and can score the big-time goal."
— Marcia Pankratz
"I think our biggest challenge right now is youth. We're just young and we have a lot of learning to do, but it's also positive and exciting. Our goal is to never stop developing, never stop growing." — Mark Rosen
"We've been close on getting back in the Big Ten winners' circle so it's a very high priority for us this year. It's something we talk about, but more importantly it's something we're going to act on." — Mike McGuire
"We've got a ton of experience returning . . . this team doesn't need to be led like the last two I've coached. They're invested and involved and understand what we're trying to do." — Alex Gibby