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Oct. 18, 2005

Doug Datish, junior offensive guard
On Big Ten competition
“It’s great this year. People assumed we were out and with the loss by Penn State we are all back in it now. There are no easy games now.”

On the offensive line
“We are coming together and playing as one and are feeling what other guys are going to do. The line is smart and can see things other teams would not. That is our strength.”

Anthony Schlegel, senior linebacker
On competing on the road
“When I look back I can’t see something we’re not doing. Everyone is focused and good during practice. We can’t lack execution. It takes a sound defense and an opportunistic offense to win on the road.”

On the game last week
“We look at it as we won. We got a ‘W’ because we played our tails off and played hard the entire game.”

A.J. Hawk, senior linebacker
On senior linebacker Bobby Carpenter
“He definitely is deserving of the Big Ten Player of the Week award. He had a big game. Bobby did a great job putting the pressure on the quarterback all day. I have a lot of respect for what Bobby does and he has been deserving of the award more than once.”

Nate Salley, senior free safety
On junior cornerback Ashton Youboty
“He was hurt during the Michigan State game, but he has the type of heart that he will always come back to play. He is a guy you can count on. He turns it up on the field and is always making big plays for us.”

On facing Indiana
“We cannot take Indiana for granted. They have a new attitude and are playing very well now. We have to bring our best game possible.” Nick Mangold, senior center
On the game against Indiana
“Indiana has a renewed sense of energy. We are going to have to really come after them this year. Right now I am worried about getting a win each week.”

Anthony Gonzalez, sophomore flanker
On Indiana’s strength this season
“Indiana is definitely a better team than last year and it shows. I think they recruited a lot of great players in the past few years and they seem to have a lot of experience. They have a lot of loyalty to the program.”