Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton didn't punch teammate Mike Martin after making an interception against Western Michigan. (John T. Greilick/The Detroit News)
Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton, who was not called for a penalty after it appeared he punched Notre Dame center Eric Olsen Saturday in the fourth quarter, will not face disciplinary action.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez seemed irritated when asked about the incident Wednesday before practice. Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said Sunday during a news conference there were missed personal fouls by the Wolverines.
U-M upset then-No. 18 Notre Dame, 38-34.
"(There were) a couple punches to the face after plays were over," said Weis, who planned to send a tape to the Big Ten for review, on Sunday.
Rodriguez has maintained since Monday when he was first asked about Weis' accusations, that he and his staff had seen nothing involving Mouton punching a player on film.
"What are you talking about?" Rodriguez said Wednesday when asked about the punch. "I know that they're (Notre Dame) talking about one incident. What we saw on film, I didn't see anybody throw a punch or anything like that. That little bit I saw on the clip that I saw, guys got tangled up together and Jonas was trying to free himself. There's a whole lot of officials out there. I'm sure if there's an infraction, they'd all see it. From what I could see on film, I didn't see anything that they would call a penalty on."
Rodriguez said penalties during games are not ignored.
"Let me make it perfectly clear, no personal fouls will go unpunished," he said. "No penalties go unpunished, but personal fouls, in particular there's no place for that in the game of football."
Last season, former Michigan tight end Carson Butler was ejected late in the Notre Dame game after he threw a punch. He did not face automatic suspension because Butler was called for a flagrant foul. Had he been ejected for fighting, he would have been suspended the first half of the next game.
A Big Ten representative said the league would review the play involving Mouton.
"The Big Ten reviews all plays on a weekly basis," the representative said. "If there is a sportslike-conduct issue, we'll comment at the appropriate time."
New-look offensive line?
Rodriguez said it isn't clear what the starting offensive line combination will be against Eastern Michigan Saturday. It depends on right guard David Moosman 's status.
Moosman left the Notre Dame game because of a separated shoulder. He was working out on the stationary bike at practice Wednesday.
Right tackle Mark Huyge moved to right guard and Perry Dorrestein to right tackle last week when Moosman went out.
"We're still trying a whole bunch of guys at right guard and tackle," Rodriguez said, adding that Huyge can move to guard. "I think there are seven or eight guys who will play on the offensive line, not just because of the injury but because they're getting more and more ready to play."
Receiver Junior Hemingway , who missed the Notre Dame game because of an ankle injury, practiced Tuesday and Wednesday.
"And looked pretty good," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully he'll move around a little bit better."
Michigan will release an official injury update this afternoon.
He's a QB, period
Freshman quarterback Denard Robinson , known for his speed, will not be used exclusively as a situational quarterback.
"We want him to continue to be an every-down quarterback," Rodriguez said. "Again, he's only been here five weeks, so we have to be patient. He knows this, we've talked to him about it."
Forcier like White?
Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier has been the hot topic of conversation this week, for obvious reasons.
Rodriguez was asked this week if there are similarities between Forcier and Pat White , his former West Virginia standout quarterback. Unlike Forcier, who is playing as a true freshman, White was able to redshirt his first year at WVU.
"Some of the things they have in common -- and we think Denard (Robinson) has -- is in the middle of a storm, they're calm. They don't get flustered. Actually, it seems like they improve their focus and their concentration in the bigger moments."
Michigan right guard David Moosman could see his streak of consecutive starts end at 14 on Saturday if he's unable to play against Eastern Michigan because of a separated shoulder suffered last weekend against Notre Dame.
Here's a look at the current Wolverines who've had the most starts:
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