Hoke did like what he saw the week before the spring game at a scrimmage without fans watching.
"It was awesome," he said.
Michigan struggled last season, losing its last three games and having six setbacks over the last eight games to finish 7-6.
Hoke has analyzed what he could have done better and acknowledged an area in which he fell short.
"I think I could've been a better leader," he said. "I should've taken some of the leadership and not anointed some of that."
Despite having a returning starter at quarterback, Hoke is not ready to say Devin Gardner will keep his job.
How much is the gap between Gardner and Shane Morris?
"I think it's close," Hoke insisted.
Hoke would not say what reasonable expectations were for his team next year with only one senior on offense and just 12 on the entire team, but clearly he is motivated to have success in his fourth season in charge.
"It's urgency all the time," Hoke said. "This is Michigan football."
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