6A - Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
fiA - Thursday, February 14, 2013 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
In recruits, a shift toward the past
three yards and Denard Robinson, a quarter-
back ideal for the spread-option
oUd of dust, but offense, did remain the team's
signal caller, at least until an
recruits signal elbow injury forced him out of
urm tophis regular position for the team's
ur 0pro -style final five games last season.
As talented as Robinson was,
By BEN ESTES his skills never matched up with
Daily Sports Writer Borges's ideal offense. The coor-
dinator adapted as best he could
questions began almost as by incorporating more spread-
s Brady Hoke was hired as type plays and formations,but the
ach of the Michigan foot- sum result was an offense often
am more than two years marked by inconsistency.
hat would Hoke and offen- In senior Devin Gardner, the
tordinator Al Borges, who player who replaced Robinson
ed in a more traditional last season, Borges will a quar-
f offense, do with a roster terback who can more consis-
ed-for the spread? tently make the type of throws
the last two seasons, the the coach wants - and it showed
of clashing offensive phi- in those last five games, when the
ies and personnel cast a playbook became more down-
w of uncertainty on the field-oriented.
gan program. According to Borges, expect
Hoke initially promised, more of the same with Gardner
back in 2013 - and pr
mtre of a West Co
style,' now that the
coaches have two ful
players recruited to fit
"It's important toi
it's less a hybrid than
say that, but it's still
in the I-formation, hit
mouth' every play, ei
es said last Wednesc
going to be in mult
tions, with multiple
multiple motions and
different ways to get
the tailbacks, maybe
fullback, at times ac
mism of his system
fears some Wolverin'
of a return to ultra-c
Hoke has helpeds
obably even concerns with his continual
ast offense rhetoric about buildinghis teams Beefing up in
Michigan in the trenches and establish- Michigan's iX offe
11 classes of ing a dominant running game.
the offense Such talk conjures images of dull
offenses of decades past, like the Kyle Bosch................... 6' 5"
understand, one Michigan became famous for David Dawson............. 6' 4'
it was, I'll under former coach Bo Schem-
not 'line up bechier. Chris. Fox.........6' 6"
them in the Borges refuted the notion that Patrick Kugler.............. 6' 5"
ther," Borg- the Wolverines' past philosophy Do,,
day. "We're of "three yards and a cloud of Dan Samuelson. 6 5"
iple forma- dust" would also be their future Logan Tuley-Tillman... 6' 7"
shifts, and one, as long as he's in Ann Arbor.
a variety of "That's never been my style as country, boasting six tough play-
the ball to an offensive coordinator,"he said. ers with the versatility to play
some to the Entering their third season multiple positions along the line
quarterback in charge of the program, Hoke - just the type of lineman that
and his staff have been able to position coach Darrell Funk said
coordinator significantly overturn the roster he prefers.
d the dyna- and help mold it into their desired At running back, the Wolver-
, given the image. The recently signed class ines signed three big, physical
e fans have of 2013 demonstrates this well. athletes, all of whom are listed at
onservative Michigan signed what several 218 pounds or greater. The team
recruiting sites rated as the best also added a pocket passer in
spark those class of offensive linemen in the Shane Morris and two tight ends
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that fit well into Borges's roles for
The only spot of potential con-
cern in the class is wide receiv-
er, the lowest-rated position in
Michigan's class. The coaches
signed three receivers - Jaron
Dukes from Ohio and a pair of
in-staters in Da'Mario Jones and
Csont'e York - but most analysts
regarded each as a three-star
It's clear the coaches value size
at receiver - each recruit checks
in at 6-foot-2 or taller - but
speed is a question. Wide receiv-
ers coach/recruiting coordina-
tor Jeff Hecklinski downplayed
that aspect of the position, saying
that "speed is overrated" and that
it's difficult to even determine
a recruit's speed since he likely
rarely touches the ball in high
"If you can't catch, we have
issues," Hecklinski said. "All of
our guys, if you watch them on
high-school film, they have great
hands, theyadjust to the ball, they
track the ball very well in the air
and theygo up and they catch it.
"We can judge that on film, so
let's get the best hand-eye coordi-
nation guys, guys that can catch
the football,. let's bring them in
here and let's develop them in
Though the coaches assembled
an extremely talented offensive
class, it wasn't necessarily easy.
Borges and his cohorts had to
convince recruits that they'd be
playing in a system they wanted
to play in, which wasn't neces-
sarily the spread-hybrid they saw
Michigan run for the last two sea-
times you have to go back and
show them stuff you've done in
the past (at otherschools) because
they got to see what you're getting
to. ... But we showed them, and
they understood, they know what
direction we want to go in, and
that's why they decided to come
With the 2013 class in tow and
Borges closer than ever to his
desired offense, it appears the
days of the coach needing to dig
into the film archive for recruit-
ing visits will soon be over.
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