Report: Michigan hires Alabama assistant as offensive coordinator

Report: Michigan hires Alabama assistant as offensive coordinator

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Report: Michigan hires Alabama assistant as offensive coordinator

Rumors were abound that Alabama co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Josh Gattis would leave the program, but the rumored destination was that he would join former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley in College Park, Maryland.

However, per a report, it looks like he’s headed much further north.

Michigan was without a bonafide offensive coordinator in 2018, with offensive duties being relegated to pass game coordinator Pep Hamilton and run game/offensive line coach Ed Warinner — with Jim Harbaugh having the final say. However, as the Wolverines offense got better from 2017 to 2018 — but didn’t put all of the elite playmakers in the best positions to succeed — it looks like head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to swing for the fences.

According to a report by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini, Josh Gattis has been hired by Michigan to become the new offensive coordinator.

What that means for Pep Hamilton remains to be seen, given that there has been no indication at this juncture that Hamilton or any other offensive staff have been let go. Michigan did lose two assistants in this past week, with former defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington both joining Ryan Day’s new staff at Ohio State.

Gattis was formerly a safety who played for Wake Forest before getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He subsequently found himself on the Chicago Bears for two years, but moved into coaching shortly after. He was a graduate assistant at North Carolina before becoming the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2011. He then spent two years at Vanderbilt as the wide receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator before moving with James Franklin over to Penn State, where he remained until last season, where he took the same role over at Alabama.

Alabama featured the nation’s 6th-best passing offense in 2018, with quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones combining for 4,854 yards, 52 passing touchdowns and just 8 interceptions in 15 games. Sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy led the Crimson tide with 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Gattis takes over an offense that features a former five-star under center in Shea Patterson and a wealth of offensive talent, including receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell and a potential big-play threat in tight end Nick Eubanks.

Multiple reports on Thursday had Gattis heading to Maryland to reunite with new head coach Mike Locksley, who coordinated Alabama’s offense alongside.

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