Ben McDaniels to Coach Michigan WRs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Ben McDaniels to Coach Michigan WRs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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Ben McDaniels to Coach Michigan WRs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

As initially reported by WolverineWire’s own Evan Petzold, Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain has accepted the head coaching position at Central Michigan, and will be announced in Mt. Pleasant on Monday morning.

But with his departure, who will coach the wideouts in No. 7 Michigan’s matchup in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against No. 10 Florida?

The Wolverines have two candidates in-house with experience: former Michigan WR Roy Roundtree, who spent two years coaching wide receivers at Indiana State before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant, and offensive analyst Ben McDaniels, who had the same position with the NFL Chicago Bears for two years before coming to Ann Arbor this year, and was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Rutgers in 2015.

Before taking on that role under former Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood, in 2014, McDaniels coached the wide receivers. He came to Piscataway after having been an offensive analyst for a season with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, and having had the same role in 2009 with the Denver Broncos before being promoted in 2010 to wide receivers coach.

McDaniels also spent one season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Columbia in 2012.

On the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl teleconference, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that the Wolverines will be going with the latter option in McDaniels for the final exhibition of the 2018 season, simply stating: “Ben McDaniels will coach receivers.”

The young wide receiving corps took a major step forward this year under McElwain — who coached in Ann Arbor for one season — going from having 1,142 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns in 13 games in 2017 to 1,547 yards and 17 touchdowns in just 12 games this year. Harbaugh did note on the teleconference that he’s sad to see McElwain go, but excited for his next opportunity.

“Jim McElwain, looks like he’s going to be the next head coach at Central Michigan,” Harbaugh noted. “I wanna say I really like Jim him a lot. I’m really excited for him. I think it’s a great fit.”

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