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Posted on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:47 p.m.

Michigan kept scissor lift low because of wind concern, latest injury report, Jeremy Gallon's emergence and more

By Pete Bigelow

With forecasters predicting winds of more than 50 miles per hour across southeastern Michigan last week, football coach Rich Rodriguez met with his team’s operation director and video coordinator.

“This is pretty heavy wind,” Rodriguez told the group Wednesday.

The Wolverines spent part of their practice that day inside because of the winds. When they went outside, the video coordinator went 10 to 12 feet off the ground in a hydraulic lift instead of filming the team’s practice from a higher perch.

Under similar conditions that day, a student videographer was killed in South Bend, Ind., when his lift toppled from a height of 40 to 50 feet while he filmed Notre Dame’s football practice.

At Michigan, Rodriguez said he makes the decision on whether conditions permit practice to be held outside or necessitate a move inside, and then he speaks with the video coordinator about safety.

“The video coordinator will talk about the conditions, and whether it’s safe to go up or not, and he communicates that with me,” he said.

Injury report


Mike Martin

After recovering from a sprained ankle suffered against Iowa during the bye week, defensive tackle Mike Martin sprained his other ankle in the 41-31 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Rodriguez was optimistic Martin would practice today or Tuesday in advance of Saturday's game against Illinois (noon, ESPN).

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson is expected to practice the entire week, although he hurt his hip after being tackled on the sideline against the Nittany Lions.

Right tackle Perry Dorrestein (knee) should practice by Tuesday. Rodriguez said cornerback J.T. Floyd was “fine” and suffered a stinger Saturday, although he limped heavily after the game.

Running back Michael Shaw’s knee injury limited his role against Penn State. He carried one time for 4 yards. Rodriguez wasn’t sure when Michael Cox or Fitzgerald Toussaint would practice.

Kick returns improve
One of the bright spots for Michigan during Saturday’s game was how Jeremy Gallon fared in an elevated role at kick returner.

Replacing Darryl Stonum, Gallon returned five kickoffs for 124 yards, including a 47-yarder that helped stage the Wolverines' late third-quarter run.

Michigan’s offense took over near midfield. Four minutes later, Denard Robinson’s 1-yard TD run cut the deficit to 38-24.

“I think he provided a spark,” Rodriguez said of Gallon. “We need to do a better job blocking for him.”

Busy week at headquarters
Officials flagged an unknown Michigan player for a personal foul at the start of what became the decisive fourth-quarter Penn State drive.

Rodriguez appeared livid with the call. He said Monday he reacted strongly because he wanted the uniform number of the player responsible, but couldn’t get it from the officials.

“I don’t want to get into trouble,” Rodriguez said. “There’s some calls we’re going to send in, and that’s one of them. … For some reason, we had a hard time getting a number on that one.”

Officials whistled Michigan for five penalties and 55 yards in the game; Penn State had one penalty for 15 yards.

Perhaps the biggest of the day was one never called. In the second quarter, it appeared Penn State chop-blocked Michigan defensive end Jibreel Black, which also drew a strong reaction from Rodriguez on the sideline.

Military Appreciation Day on Saturday
On Saturday, more than 80 wounded military members and family members of soldiers killed in action will line the Michigan Stadium tunnel as the Wolverines (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten) take the field against Illinois (5-3, 3-2).

As part of the Military Appreciation Day, Team Red White Blue, an Ann Arbor-based organization that supports veterans, the university will collect donations for overseas soldiers and Afghan families outside Gates 2 and 8 on Saturday.

Requested items for soldiers include: black socks, deodorant, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, gum, protein bars, Ramen noodles, canned meat, trail mix, DVDs and video games.

Requested items for families include: new or used winter clothing, coats, hats, gloves, Michigan clothing, blankets, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, children’s books, generic bifocal lenses and small toys and stuffed animals.

Pete Bigelow covers Michigan football for He can be reached at (734) 623-2556, via e-mail at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 2:23 p.m.

Thanks Coach, for recognizing, along with your video guy, that it was too windy to lift that think 50 feet into the air.

Jonny Spirit

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 6:51 a.m.

@3 AND Out You are right, good call on that play. Michigan players reminds me of MSU players when Jonny L Smith was there coach. They would be losing by 14 and make one tackle and jump up a celebrate like they just won the super bowl. It makes you so mad when you see that. That right there is all coaching. If your the coach you need to tell your players to make a great tackle or run and pretend like you have been there before. Get your but back in the huddle and get ready for the next play. Quit your damn celebrating until the clock reads ZERO and you won the game. Go Green.

Steve Pepple

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 5:55 a.m.

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3 And Out

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 10:43 p.m.

48104. You are not referring to the same play that I was. It is on the tape. The ball was not tipped. JT tackled the PSU kid, no call. JT gets up celebrating like he won the Superbowl. They even mentioned this play on WDFN this morning. No tip. PI. No Call. Bad calls happen every game. They are only more excuses that pathetic Rod uses.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 7:29 p.m.

That collection for soldiers is a wonderful way to use the power of 110K. I hope that even half of the people will bring materials. Is there an address to which we can send money and/or supplies for those who have no way to get such materials there?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 7:21 p.m.

@3 And Out, I believe I know the play you were referring to, and the ball had already been tipped by another player, so pass interference was no longer an issue.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 7:01 p.m.

I'm as critical of RR as one could be, but I have to agree with the late hit call. What a nonsense call. They're playing football out there, which includes running fast and hitting hard, and when you're close to the sideline, the intensity of your hit could give up or deny critical yards. This emphasis on "late hits" is one of the most irritating things going on with college football right now.

Neal Elyakin

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 6:36 p.m.

I hope everyone read all the way to the end of the article; please bring donations for our soldiers and the Afghan families they protect on Saturday, Nov. 6. It is an easy thing to do; spend a little less on food, drink and a souvenir and instead buy (or bring) a few things that will mean so much to our brave soldiers and the Afghani people. Thanks and Go Blue!

3 And Out

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 5:04 p.m.

btw just before that late hit penalty that RR is crying about and making excuses about.... JT Floyd got away with an obvious PI on 3rd down which killed a PSU it goes both ways RR.

3 And Out

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 5:03 p.m.

Questionable calls? More like Questionable Coaching.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:57 p.m.

Is this article a joke? Wasn't Gallon's botched catch of a kickoff pinning us at the 3 a critical point in the game? Come on, stop killing me a2 com.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:45 p.m.

There were a few questionable, huge non-calls. The chop block being one, and a pass interference early in the game when momentum was shifting to Penn State. Also, the play Rodriguez was upset about only makes me more angry as a fan when D-Rob was tackled and hurt on a similar play -- minus the lack of a flag for a late hit. The ineptitude of our 3rd down defense and the uneven calling really ticks me off.