What Michigan Football S coach Ron Bellamy said ahead of Indiana game
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Ron Bellamy not only trains safety in Michigan, but he was also fortunate enough to wear a winged helmet 20 years ago. With that in mind, he also suffered a brutal loss at Spartan Stadium as a player in 2001 with the infamous “Spartan Bob” clock fiasco.
While he may be new to the Wolverines as a coach this year, Bellamy can attest that this team is different from the one he inherited, noting the determination to move forward. He also reviewed that moment in 2001 as a player and how this team has evolved after a devastating loss.
He spoke to the media Wednesday with Indiana on the bridge. Here is all he had to say.
How did the team react to the loss against MSU?
“Carry on with that – it’s just ready for Indiana. We have a great challenge ahead of us. You cannot dwell on the past. We have made our corrections. We had a great training yesterday. We are focusing on Indiana.
How many quarterbacks are they preparing to face on Saturday?
“How much do you think we should prepare for?” I don’t know, but you see it on film. You have to prepare for everything. We do not know. Obviously, what we think could happen, but we won’t leave anything uncovered, so we prepare for anything. “
How did the team manage to generate more turnover? Is he happy with it?
“Always want more, want more than anything you get. For us, if you could force an average of three turnovers per game, that’s a pretty big number. But, whenever we get the chance to make a play on the ball, whether in the passing game or the running game with punches, this is something that we work diligently on every day. Our goal is to force the turnovers and bring the ball back on the attack.Every chance you have, you’ll always want more.
What does he remember from the 2001 game against MSU? How did they bounce back?
“After fixing the locker room when Larry Foote destroyed it, we came back. One thing Coach Carr told us, a similar approach to Coach Harbaugh’s, is the mentality of a fighter. You get a punch, you don’t lay down on the canvas – you get up, you keep swinging. And that was our philosophy 20 years ago, it is our philosophy this week.
How long did it take for this team to recover?
“It’s the 24 hour rule. Win or lose, you have to move on, correct your mistakes, whether you win or lose the game, whatever you’re competing in. Change your focus on the next step and it’s Indiana for us.
Should the securities take better angles?
“Absolutely. It’s something that we work on all the time. Trying to improve the things that we see appear on the film on Saturdays. It’s something that we are working on.
Are the angles bad because guys are too impatient or don’t read it correctly?
“It can be several things. It could be that a player did not see it as fast or the ball fell on them a little faster than they expected. Like I said it’s one of those things, in the back half you have to get it down. It’s one of those things that we are constantly working on.
How internally does the team pay attention to college football qualifying standings?
“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even know what they look like.” I really don’t care, I don’t think a lot of us do. We are so locked in and engaged with our opponent this week. We can only control what we can control. We don’t even care about the rankings on Sunday. Usually you hear about it, the kids are talking about it or you can see something on social media, scrolling something. No one really talked about it.
His thoughts on the emergence of Andrel Anthony
“It’s pretty unique, obviously, to have the chance to start with Drel when I was briefly with the receivers. I’m just watching its development from that point in January until now. He is a child who has a great career ahead of him. Credit Trainer Gattis for bringing Drel to this point where he is now. You can see flashes – Drel shows up, showed up big on Saturday and you hope that’s something he can continue to build on.
How closely does he follow the high school football playoffs?
“A lot. For me, there are kids that we recruit that are in the playoffs. For me, obviously, I have a vested interest in a school that I come from and opponents that I have played against. Probably me more. than anyone, I know him very well – that’s the life I’ve lived for the last decade. So I see him differently from most people. But I am.
What stands out from Indiana?
“They play hard. Coach Allen is a phenomenal coach. These guys, they lost six games (but) if you look at the opponents they played against they lost, outside of the Ohio State – Cincinnati game, the Michigan State game, the last week against Maryland. Week 1 against Iowa was tough for them. They faced formidable opponents and they held on. They face a series of injuries, but they are a good, very competitive football team. Basically healthy, hard as nails. They definitely take on their coach’s personality.
What he heard from the state’s children after the loss of MSU
“For me, me personally, the kids in the state of Michigan who contacted me, they all encouraged me, like, ‘Go get them next week, you have a chance to achieve all of your goals! It’s almost as if they are rooting for us!