New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has installed 80-85 percent of Michigan‘s new offense, according to head coach Brady Hoke.
Speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, Hoke stated that the Wolverines have hit the ground running in Spring practices in terms of what they are throwing at players on the offensive side of the ball in the new scheme.
“I think we’ve (installed) probably 80, 85 percent (of the new offense),” Hoke said “The whole method was to put a lot up there, get them uncomfortable, then coach them like heck and eliminate the mistakes.
“But really (have them) understand the theme of what we’re trying to do from an offensive standpoint and then maybe dial it back just a little bit.”
He went on to say that they are throwing as much as they can into the mix so they can get as much material as possible on tape.
The Wolverines are switched to a more pro-style system, meaning big changes will be coming from former offensive coordinator Al Borges‘ offense. Nussmeier wants quarterback Devin Gardner to be more of a pocket passer and his running backs to be downhill rushers.
Things seem to be simpler and more stripped down from year’s past, but the staff has been putting in as much as they can before Spring camp is over. This will give Michigan’s players to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses before they go into preseason camp in the summer.
Our first look at Michigan’s new offense will come Saturday during the annual Spring Game at The Big House. The game will start at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.