Michigan Hires Ex-Alabama, Penn State Assistant Josh Gattis as Offensive Coordinator

Michigan hires Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator but questions remain

Michigan hires Josh Gattis as offensive coordinator but questions remain

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.

After one year in Tuscaloosa as co-offensive coordinator, it was reported that he was set to follow his colleague Mike Locksley to Maryland, where he would serve as offensive coordinator. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh previously said assistant head coach Pep Hamilton was calling plays late in the season.

MI coach Jim Harbaugh bounced back from losing two assistants to rival Ohio State with what looks like a strong addition to his staff. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted".

Crimson Tide wide receivers shined in Gattis' lone season with the program. He worked for six years as the receivers coach for Penn State coach James Franklin.

Gattis also helped develop true freshman Jaylen Waddle, who earned first-team All-American honors by Pro Football Focus.

Gattis was a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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

Harbaugh's staff has undergone some significant changes this offseason after he said following Michigan's loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl that he expected very few. 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 chose to swing for the fences.

The Wolverines lost two defensive coaches to Ohio State earlier in the week, as defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington joined the Buckeyes. They haven't finished better than No. 50 in total offense in any of Harbaugh's four seasons.

Michigan's offense didn't have an official coordinator in 2018. Locksley was hired in December as Maryland's new head coach. With starting quarterback Shea Patterson and most of the offense returning, Gattis should have plenty of weapons to improve the unit in 2019.

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