For the first time in almost a year, Michigan football team has an offensive coordinator. As first reported by The…
For the first time in almost a year, Michigan football team has an offensive coordinator. As first reported by The Athletic, Wolverines has hired Alabama Co-Offensive Co-ordinator and Recipient Coach Josh Gattis to be his offensive coordinator.
Last season, Gattis went to Alabama’s coaching staff, where he helped Crimson Tide – traditionally a heavy crime – ranked sixth nationally with 323.6 suitable laps per game. Alabama landed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy were both consensus all-Americans this fall. Earlier Thursday, reports suggested that Gattis would follow Mike Locksley, headquartered in Maryland last month, to College Park.
During his time as a coach (who also included a year’s stint as recipient coach in western Michigan 2011), Gattis has also made waves as a recruiter, also as an offensive recruitment coordinator under Franklin. He was the premier recruiter in the five-star 2019 defensive end Antonio Alfano five-star 2018 recipient recruits Justin Shorter and 13 other four-star recruits. He has had particular success in New Jersey and the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area and appeared to be crucial to Penn State Reeling in consecutive top 15 recruitment classes in 2017 and 2018.
As a player, Gattis was a security for Wake Forest 2003-06, where he recorded 154 tackles and 10 interceptions during his last two seasons, landing All-ACC honors both seasons, before being selected as a fifth round NFL draft for Jacksonville Jaguar in 2007. His NFL However, career only resulted in four appearances in the Chicago Bears game.
At this time, it is unclear how the rest of Michigan’s coaching staff will look, but there are openings to fill. Jim McElwain (recipient), Greg Mattison (defensive line) and Al Washington (linebackers) have all left for other jobs. Michigan did not work with an offensive coordinator last fall, instead with the help of quarterback coach Pep Hamilton as Matching Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Trainer Ed Warinner as a run-game coordinator. At one point, it turned out that Michigan was likely to push Ben McDaniels as McElwain’s replacement on recipient coaches, but it is unclear whether it is still in play.
However, it is expected that Gattis will lead a much more pass-happy crime than a season ago. With All-Big Ten Running Back Karan Higdon went to the NFL, Michigan’s crime will be led by quarterback Shea Patterson and standout recipient Donovan Peoples-Jones Nico Collins and Tarik Black. This season, Wolverines ranked only 80th with 215.7 matching laps per game, but the 20th in fits rating.
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