Top quotes: Jim Harbaugh addresses media following Rutgers win

By Brandon Justice ,

Football

(Andy Shippy)

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media following U-M’s 42-7 win at Rutgers Saturday.

Here’s the best of what Harbaugh had to say.


No. 4 Michigan routs Rutgers on the road, 42-7

 


On quarterback Shea Patterson:

“Shea was really playing tonight. Just really does what you ask him to do. That was a really tough day to throw the ball, reminded me of my days at Soldier Field (Chicago Bears) … Also, our receivers did a nice job catching the ball, not an easy night to do that. The offensive line’s protection was really great all night.

“He really looked as good as he’s ever looked in the pocket tonight … he’s gifted, he’s really gifted in that area.”

On running back Tru Wilson:

“He really did a heck of a job. Running well, running hard.”

On Rutgers:

“That’s a really improving team. I’m really impressed with their young backs. Good, competitive game. We knew it would be. We saw the way they played Northwestern and Indiana. That’s a team that’s really close to breaking through.”

On Rashan Gary’s change:

“He’s the same good down-to-earth guy he’s always been. He hasn’t changed much. Jennifer (his mother) did a great job raising him. Whenever he says something, it’s important. He’s always done things at the highest level.”

On playing both Brandon Peters and Joe Milton:

“They both need game reps as we move forward to get ready before you need them. I think the way we’re going is we like things that both can do. If we’re in that situation, we have them both ready.”

On safety Josh Metellus

“He had done something to himself on Thursday — a soft tissue deal. He really wanted to play. LaVert Hill is being evaluated for a concussion. Aubrey Solomon didn’t play, he got sick the last two-or-three days before the game.”

On safety Brad Hawkins:

“I think he played really well. We’re really confident in Brad Hawkins. He’s elevated himself to the third safety. He really took his play up a level this season.”

On staying focused on Indiana with Ohio State following week:

“Players get to make the decision to what level they’re going to play at every game. No one’s going to make that decision for them. I like how they played tonight and I think it’ll be the same way next week.”


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