During today's Big Ten teleconference, Michigan coach Brady Hoke answered a question about the possibility of shaking up his lineup in the wake of the Wolverines' less-than-stellar 4-0 start. Would his staff consider playing a few more players?
"[There are] multiple positions in mind you want to look at," Hoke said. "Competitively, it’s fair to the team to explore all the issues that might be there. At the same time it’s not like we're abandoning ship or sinking. We’re 4-0, and there’s a lot of teams who arent.
"That being said, that's a part of what we’ll go through this week. Some of it is also to get some guys a little bit of rest."
Look on the bright side, right?
"Rest" might be the operative word both in Hoke's last statement and during the bye week, in which Michigan will practice today, Wednesday and Friday morning. Games against Akron and Connecticut might have been intended as games for which to cultivate depth (i.e., play more freshmen and sophomores in the later moments/second half of games that were supposed to be blowouts). Instead, Michigan found itself having to work to either A) hold off a team or B) rally from a deficit. To do that, you need your best players who can thrive in those situations. A lot of youngsters had to watch that, instead of getting on the field in Michigan's last two games.