(NEW YORK) — The Michigan Wolverines are coming off of a very successful first season under head coach Brady Hoke in 2011. The team finished 11-2 and won its first BCS bowl game since 2006 against Virginia Tech, finishing the season ranked 12th.
Hoke’s team comes into this season ranked 8th in the FBS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and spoke with the “Mike & Mike Radio Show on ESPN Radio” on Friday about what will be expected of his team in 2012.
“It’s a toughness that we want to play with, it’s a physicalness on defense at the point of attack, it’s playing 60 minutes of football as hard as you can,” said Hoke. “Being guys who have the great character to play for each other and the integrity to understand that you’re playing for the University of Michigan.”
Senior quarterback Denard Robinson is entering his third season as the starter and is looking to bring his team to a BCS Championship this year.
“He doesn’t have to do it all,” Hoke said when asked about Robinson’s chances at a Heisman Trophy.
Michigan will take on Alabama on September 1.
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