Speaking with SiriusXM radio on Wednesday, former Michigan football coach Brady Hoke was asked about the final play of Saturday’s Michigan – Michigan State game. Hoke says he would have gone for it on 4th and 2. Here’s his reasoning via The Detroit Free Press:
“Personally, if we have the No. 1 defense in the nation I’m going to test those guys. You’ve got to play to the strength of your football team and the strength of the Michigan football team all year long has been their defense.”
He said he was sure “Jimmy” went over what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it but Hoke said there are too many potential breakdowns on a punt.
“No. 1, I think the one gunner to the field should have been in a little bit more and if you’re going to punt it there’s ways to protect it a little better,” Hoke said.