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On the road again
After consecutive home games, Illinois travels to Ann Arbor on Saturday to play 5-3 Michigan. Here's some of what was said after Monday's practice at Memorial Stadium:
Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino on Nathan Scheelhaase being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week:
"I think it's good for Nathan. Personally, I think every guy on the offense, their goal should be to be the best player in the country at their position. When we get guys competing to be that, that's when you get special. I'm all for that. I want them to get every award they can. Then, you win more as a team."
Petrino on his first trip to Michigan Stadium:
"It's exciting. More than anything, I think it's just exciting that we're 5-3 right now and we've got a chance to put ourselves in a good position. It's the next game up. Our guys have really been improving. They have all year. They finally let everybody else see it. I've seen it every night in practice."
Petrino on playing well on the road:
"I think if you do a great job of practicing and preparing, we do enough on offense that their minds should be focused on what we're doing. All the other stuff shouldn't be a distraction."
Defensive tackle Corey Liuget on playing morning games. Michigan and the Nov. 13 game against Minnesota are 11 a.m. kickoffs (C-U time):
"It doesn't give you any time to think about it. You just go out and play. We have to get up at 7 o'clock. I'm an early-morning guy. Everybody on the team is."
Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on his last trip to Michigan Stadium, a 24-7 loss in 1995 as an assistant at Memphis:
"The quarterback was the (Brian) Griese fella. They had a guy named Amani Toomer. They threw a ball and our DB was there, ready to intercept it. They tipped it. It went from our guy to their guy. I remember turning and punching a hole in the wall in the press box. I'm sure they fixed that a long time ago."
Koenning on Griese calling the game for ESPN:
"That's not fair. Why do they have a Michigan guy doing it? His dad's about 700 years old, so he didn't know anybody (at Purdue). Brian probably still knows everybody (at Michigan). Don't let him come to practice."
Receiver Spencer Harris on almost scoring his first college TD:
"I did what I could. A touchdown would have been nice, but all I really care about is the W. I set up (Mikel) Leshoure for a touchdown."
Harris on Scheelhaase:
"Nate's not just a good leader on the field, he's a good leader off the field. He's probably one of the best influences I've had as a quarterback. He's a real positive guy. You never hear negative things come out of his mouth."