Notes from Michigan's Monday in-progress press conference
Cornerback Adrian Witty will not join the Wolverines this season, according to Rodriguez.
Injury report: Rich Rodriguez said that Brandon Minor's status is probable for Saturday's game. Junior Hemingway (ankle) said he is fine.
Cornerback Boubacar Cissoko re-aggravated a shoulder injury. He'll be held out of practice at least sometimes this week, and is questionable. Fullback Mark Moundros was "dinged," according to Rodriguez, but should be ready for Saturday's game.
Receiver Junior Hemingway says his ankle is "fine" and he expects to start against the Irish on Saturday.
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Cornerback Donovan Warren on the upcoming Notre Dame game: "I look at this as an excellent opportunity to show that game one was not a fluke, and to set the tone for the whole season. Notre Dame is a ranked team, pretty good. If we get this win under our belt, we can get some momentum rolling that will carry over for the whole season." _______________
Michigan continues to emphasize ball security. It was the determining factor in choosing kick and punt returners, according to Rodriguez.
"Ball security was first and foremost in our mind," he said. "Greg is the best at catching the ball. ... That has been such an emphasis for us, taking care of the ball. Tay Odoms will get some chances too. He may be our best back there at maybe making something happen."
Tailback Carlos Brown, on what a win over Notre Dame would mean this week:
"It would be a real big win," he said. "Notre Dame is supposed to be one of the real good teams in the country right now, and we’re on the way back up. It would be real big."
Michigan's three-pronged quarterback rotation will continue for the foreseeable future with Tate Forcier taking the opening offensive snaps.
"It's more of a week-by-week feel thing, just like it was Saturday," Rich Rodriguez said. "I was pleased we could get them all in at meaningful times. ... I'm not going to have a set rotation, per se." _______________
Guard Steve Schilling on teammate Denard Robinson's touchdown run: "I don't know how many times in camp we've seen Denard go 70, 80 yards untouched," he said. "It's ridiculous." _______________
Expect to see more of freshman running back Vincent Smith in coming weeks.
"We probably should have gotten him in there earlier," Rodriguez said of his fourth-quarter debut Saturday. "And I think he was ready for that. He's not just an end-of-the-game guy. He's right in the mix."
Junior Hemingway was Michigan's offensive player of the game Saturday. Two defenders -- Brandon Graham and Stevie Brown -- took defensive player of the game honors from Rodriguez.
No suprise: Zoltan Mesko took special teams honors.
Rich Rodriguez opened his Monday morning press conference by noting that 28 Michigan players saw their first action in Saturday's season opener. The one that stood out to the coach, beyond his freshmen quarterbacks: defensive end Craig Roh. _______________
Tailback Brandon Minor is probable for Saturday's game against Notre Dame. Rodriguez said he looked better than he had all week in pre-game warm-ups for the opener, but the coaching staff still elected to hold him out.
Tate Forcier will start again this week, although Rodriguez hopes to continue the three-man rotation he used against Western Michigan.
This story will be frequently updated. Please check back soon for more from Rodriguez's Monday morning press conference.