Michigan head coach Brady Hoke wants his coaching staff to remember a simple little message before August camp begins on Monday.
Hoke reminded his staff, "Assume they know nothing, because you can get yourself in trouble."
Just how important is that message?
Hoke explained, "In '98, I had three starters back out of four on the defensive line, assuming those guys knew the expectations, technique and fundamentals, so I got a little more involved in scheme, and we lost our first two ballgames.”
"We got beat by Notre Dame down there in South Bend. And Donovan McNabb (of Syracuse), we made him a top-five pick. I blame myself for that, to this day. You can't assume. In fall and spring, we will never assume. I don't care if they've played 35 straight games."
In other words, “Top hand pressure, Denard. Get the snap, first.”
Hoke said, “No matter if you’re the holder on PAT and field goal, the technique to holding and putting the ball where it needs to be. When guys play with technique, it really enhances their ability to play the game.” (See video of Hoke explaining)
“Most teams that tackle well, most teams that are physical up front, most teams that knock people off the football…that’s where the game is played. If you’ll attack the line of scrimmage, if you’ll take away the line of scrimmage, and you’re going to be physical…then you’re going to be a good football team.”
30 days until Western Michigan in the Big House...