Hoke, Michigan ready for spotlight after wake up call

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Attention brings high expectations.

At Michigan, barely beating Akron brings about change. That much was evident less than 24 hours after the team's 28-24 win.

"It's a bit of a wake up call to some degree," Brady Hoke said.

Hoke said Sunday's practice was much different than it usually is, putting players through a padded workout.

"They were very receptive," Hoke said. "They were glad to get back on the field. I was excited."

The players' mistakes and overall lackluster performance left plenty of room for improvement. The standard set left many Wolverines fans scratching their heads.

"Fans were freaking out, we were freaking out," tackle Taylor Lewan said.

Hoke said a near-loss like the one to Akron can make an impact on a season going forward.

"You learn a lot. From a coaching perspective, you get to know your team a little better," Hoke said.

That lays out a challenge for the players. They have a chance to respond against another underdog this week, facing Connecticut on the road.

"The leadership of the team, they understand, maybe our focus and our attention to detail wasn't where it needed to be."

Throughout the week on 7 Action News, we'll share portions of Brad Galli's interview with Brady Hoke. For the full sit-down conversation, watch 7 Action News at 7 pm, ahead of the game on ABC.

Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

 

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