Kirk Ferentz Postgame Transcript
Sept. 15, 2012
We are certainly pleased with the way our guys responded during the course of the game and what they did with their opportunities and certainly played well enough to get the victory. But it was a hard fought game and I'm really proud of our team's effort and thought they did a good job. Thought we have improved since last week.
Q. Can you update us on the status of Garmon and Bullock?
And then coincidentally, Mike Malloy turned up sick on Tuesday morning, so we didn't have him all week. But Mark Weisman stepped in and did a great job. That's part of football unfortunately, but it's something that you have to have if you're going to have success and can't say enough about the job he did being prepared and then also playing really well out there.
Q. The line from the beginning, just seemed like they owned the line of scrimmage.
From the sideline, it looked like the line was playing well and doing some good things and that's a positive, because we have got some youth up there, too, but looks like they did a good job and took care of business for the most part.
And you know, we made a step forward, so hopefully that's in the film tomorrow.
Q. Mark Weisman, that probably was not expected out of you
So, I can't say enough about him. And it's one thing to do it in practice, but to go out and do it in a game in a circumstance where guys are trying to nail you. He really did a great job and it's a credit to him.
Q. A guy like him, is he like Marv Hubbard
Yeah, I think there's no question about it, when you have a back who is physical, the linemen feed off that; and Shonn Greene, the guys love blocking for him. It might give us a little variation to what we are doing.
Q. It's kind of a Cinderella story, isn't it?
I'm not sure of the entire details, but he ended up having an interest in coming here and pretty much since he was ineligible last year, redshirt player and I said to him in the spring, the biggest question was, will this guy block; will he block? And he answered that question pretty well and he's obviously done some other things. But he's just a hard working guy.
Q. So he does not have a scholarship
Q. A performance like this, how does this help you with momentum heading into Central Michigan?
I really can't fault the offense. You think about the first three possessions, we come out with 17 points, we'll take that any time. A little lull there in the third quarter but then guys responded.
The other good thing we talked about Mark Weisman but it was good to see Keenan make a really difficult, tough play near our bench on the third down to keep a possession going. And then Jordan stepped in and got a tough catch, also. When you see guys do things in a sticky situation, that's good. It was good to see him get the ball in his hands and do some things, as well.
Q. With Garmon and Bullock, did the concussions knock them out, or is that just Bullock?
Q. Did you offer Weisman to walk on here a couple years ago?
But he was on our team last year, ineligible. I don't think he was allowed to dress for games because he had transferred. You know, we were joking about it back in camp, I said, we've got to pull a tooth on this guy to find out how many years he has left here. But pretty sure he's got a couple. He's just a hard working guy and he's quietly going about his business and we really started to notice him in the spring.
Q. Did he fall into your lap or contact you?
Q. Do you think you got enough of what you wanted out of this game?
So first of all we wanted to win the game. We knew that was no given there. And second, we wanted to hopefully show some improvement and we've still got a lot of things to work on, I think that's pretty evident, too.