Threet, McGuffie expected to play at Minnesota

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan starting quarterback Steven Threet is expected to be fine for Saturday's game at Minnesota after sustaining a helmet-to-helmet hit against Purdue.

Running back Sam McGuffie (head), safety Mike Williams (head) and cornerback Troy Woolfolk (ankle) are also expected back against the Golden Gophers (ESPN, noon ET). Threet completed 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against Purdue.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez defended himself and his staff at today's news conference, refusing to address a question about defensive coordinator Scott Shafer's performance this season. The Wolverines defense has slipped to 90th nationally.

"I'm sure a lot of people are saying that I'm a bad coach," Rodriguez said. "Everybody can have their opinion. But I've been here 10 months. I feel as good as I have as far as I know we can build this program to be one of the best in the country. It's not showing that right now, but we can do that. It may take us longer than what I thought.

"One of you all asked a question, Have you got more to do than you thought? Yes, I do. That's pretty obvious when you're sitting here with our record. You got more to do to get this program where you want to get it. Do I feel confident we can get it there with the staff I have? Yes, I do. But there's a lot of things we have to work on."