Notes from Brady Hoke's Big Ten call

As Brady Hoke continues to try and rebuild the Michigan football program, it faces a big test Saturday.

Yes, Iowa is a tough team for the Wolverines to play. But moreover, the challenge is being able to win on the road for a team that is 1-1 away from Michigan Stadium this season.

"It obviously is an important part of it," Hoke said. "Going into hostile environments and seeing the poise and composure your team plays with."

Michigan showed that "poise and composure" for a half in two road games -- the second half against Northwestern on Oct. 8 in a come-from-behind win. Otherwise, Michigan has been shaky on the road, specifically in the first half against the Wildcats and then the following week against Michigan State.

Kovacs Update

Safety Jordan Kovacs, who missed the Purdue game with a knee injury, is coming along, Hoke said.

On Monday, Hoke said Kovacs was "running around" on Sunday. Then, on Tuesday, Hoke took it a step further, saying Kovacs is "going to be fine."

Still no definitive word, though, on whether Kovacs will be available for Iowa on Saturday.

Other quick hits:

  • At Ball State, Hoke said he was never worried about his job security as he was trying to turn around a struggling program. "Never thought about it and I don't think about that part of it," Hoke said.

  • Hoke on Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg: "He really throws a great ball, either the touch ball or long ball, the intermediate routes very well, the check-downs, gets them in and out of the offense at the line of scrimmage. Great poise and a tremendous quarterback."