July 31, 2007

Carr addresses several issues

Lloyd Carr met the media for his first pre-2007 season interview, addressing hundreds inside the interview room and a few more outside. Inside he addressed the renewal of the Michigan - Notre Dame rivalry, Adrian Arrington's status and much more …

Starting with the fledgling Big Ten Network, which he expects to flourish in the future.

"It's a tremendous idea," said Carr. "When you look forward 15 or 20 years, it makes a lot of sense. [Big Ten commissioner] Jim Delany has a big vision, has planned well and put together a team that hopefully will be able to take this thing forward, and I think he will."

On the subject of the team, Carr said he was excited about the returning talent, noting the Wolverines returned a lot on offense, specifically at the skill positions, and players with leadership and experience in big games. Replacing kicker Garrett Rivas ("a phenomenal kicker under pressure throughout his career at Michigan") and return man Steve Breaston won't be easy, he said, but he opined punter Zoltan Mesko has an opportunity to be one of the best punters in Michigan's history.

On defense, the front will be solid (though the depth will be young) and he's happy with the experience Shawn Crable and Chris Graham provide at an unsettled linebacker position. He added "we'll probably need help from true freshmen" in the secondary, but the goals will be to "do everything to make everyone who voted us [No. 1] look good."

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