With the Michigan football season set to kickoff in about a week, Michigan coach Brady Hoke met with reporters Friday to talk about wrapping up camp and preparing for their upcoming opponent Appalachian State.
He did all of this by saying very little.
"Their mindset has been awfully good, the competition level has been really good and I think the players and coaches would say the same thing," Hoke said. "The competition has been very positive at every position and I'm excited about how they've come out and competed."
With classes starting back up in the coming weeks, Hoke mentioned that it was important to get the players into their school routines and game-week practice schedules.
"Today was a Wednesday and tomorrow is a Thursday on how we manufacture the practice time. We'll give them some rest on Sunday and on Monday, it'll be like the regular school times of practice. We should be healthy as we can be right now."
While the Wolverines have been relatively healthy throughout camp, the status of safety Delano Hill is still up in the air after suffering a broken jaw earlier in camp. Although he can still participate in drills, he has no-contact limitations placed upon him by team doctors.
Although Hoke says that sophomore tight end Jake Butt has come along way, he will not be ready for week one of the season and his timeline of returning is the same as its always been, sometime after the non-conference schedule wraps up.
One of the bigger concerns from a season ago has been team chemistry and lack of a vocal leader. While the Wolverines have tried to address their chemistry issues on both sides of the ball throughout the summer, Hoke appears to be happy with the direction the leadership is headed this season.
"The leadership on this team has really been throughout the team," Hoke said. "When they voted four guys from each class to be a representitive by class, I think it's been a positive. Those guys, you can see it, just in the way they've treated each other and came out and competed. It's been a really good camp."
The biggest news to come from the presser was where the return game was headed, more specifically who was the person that will be returning punts.
Hoke revealed the answer to no one's surprise, it's Jabrill Peppers.
"I think, number one, we're putting a lot of our best guys on the field," Hoke said. "I think that's a plus, we've had some in the last three years that have been decent. Some that haven't fielded the ball as we should sometimes. Every special teams we want to get improvement."
Matt Wile... Foot issues?
Hoke briefly mentioned that senior kicker Matt Wile had a "banged up" kicking foot during practice and would be receiving some rest. The injury, Hoke says, is nothing of concern. Although he mentioned that it was unusual, he would be more concerned if it was the plant foot.
Wile, who also spoke to reporters, didn't seem too concerned with the injury either by calling it a simple scab.
"It was just simply because I kicked a lot and my foot is tired so they are giving me some rest," Wile said. "I just have a small scab from kicking the ball so many times."