Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

Alabama wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis will be the new offensive coordinator at MI, according to a report from The Athletic. "Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff". "Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff. MI football looks forward to having Josh, Tesa and their children, Jace and Reece, join our University family". "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted". He worked for six years as the receivers coach for Penn State coach James Franklin.

In Tuscaloosa this past season, Gattis was the club's co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, and helped mentor one of the top receiving crews in college football, led by Biletnikoff Award victor Jerry Jeudy (68 catches, 1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns). "My family and I couldn't be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor". While at Alabama, he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship and two SEC titles while reaching the College Football Playoff all three seasons.

Sarkisian replaced Lane Kiffin, who took the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic after the 2016 season.

Crimson Tide wide receivers shined in Gattis' lone season with the program.

Gattis left Penn State for a job under Nick Saban at Alabama ahead of a year ago.

In 2012-13, Gattis coached wide receivers coach at the University of Vanderbilt, twice coaching Jordan Matthews to All-America honors.


Gattis coached wide receivers at Western Michigan in 2011, helping Jordan White become an All-American.

Then, apparently, Jim Harbaugh swooped in.

It's the first time in Harbaugh's four-year tenure that the Wolverines will have an official OC. According to The Athletic, Gattis will take over play-calling. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season.

Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

MI did not have a coach with the title of offensive coordinator on staff last season.

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