Michigan's Ed Warinner Has Brought Phenomenal Offensive Line Changes

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Michigan's Ed Warinner Has Brought Phenomenal Offensive Line Changes

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Michigan's Ed Warinner Has Brought Phenomenal Offensive Line Changes

In Jon Jansen’s ‘In the Trenches’ podcast, the former Michigan football captain had high-praise for offensive line coach Ed Warinner’s work throughout fall camp.

As a matter of fact, Jansen said he has noticed phenomenal changes on the offensive line.

“I’ve seen them from winter condition to spring camp to summer conditioning to fall camp. I’ve seen the progression working with coach Ed Warinner. The offensive staff is getting back to basics. It’s as specific. That all makes a difference. When you are combination blocking with other offensive linemen, you have to leave a little meat on the bone for your compadre to take a bite. That’s what makes a good double team. If there’s no meat for your partner, he goes right up onto that linebacker. That’s what I’ve seen as the great improvement. Those guys are going to gain confidence leading up to Notre Dame.”

Michigan has offensive line options in Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Ben Bredeson, Cesar Ruiz, Michael Onwenu, Nolan Ulizio, Andrew Stueber, Joel Honigford, Stephen Spanellis and Jon Runyan Jr.

Runyan, in his fourth year with the Wolverines, said Warinner has simplified the work.

“He really simplified our offense this season,” Runyan said. “Not too many calls going on, not too many pre-snap adjustments. If there are, usually our center can make them on the fly. Tackles can make heads-up calls, too. Quarterbacks can point stuff out, too. Really, we can just get up, get on the ball, run a play and we know what to do, what to adjust. Everything’s picking up really fast. This is obviously the best the offensive line has been, the offense has been, in camp. This is my fourth year here. We’re making strides and we’re doing really well. This is the best I’ve seen us compete with the defense since I’ve been here.”

The starting left guard, Bredeson, agrees with his teammate.

“He simplifies the game for us real well,” Bredeson said. “He has all these different concepts and ideas for us. But he can break it down to simple looks. ‘If they give us this, we’re going to counter with that.’ ‘If they go this way, we can go that way.’ And just makes it simple, so we don’t have to think out there. We can just see it, react and go.

“That carries over from meetings onto the field real well. I’ve loved his style of teaching. I think the other guys have as well. You can sense that there’s been a huge, huge jump in the speed of the game for us on the O-line since he’s come on.”

Michigan opens the season on Sept. 1 against Notre Dame in South Bend at 7:30 p.m.

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