Hoke will be joined in Chicago by a trio of seniors—defensive end Frank Clark, quarterback Devin Gardner and linebacker Jake Ryan.
Here is a wish list of issues fans would love to hear Brady Hoke address as his team prepares for a season that could make or break his tenure at Michigan.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke lured offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier away from Alabama with a clear mandate to rebuild the running game.
Michigan’s offense, once known for producing a steady stream of elite collegiate running backs and offensive linemen, had devolved during the post-Lloyd Carr era into one that relied on the quarterback position to power its running attack.
Thursday was a bad day for two Michigan offensive lineman.
Prior to practice Michigan released a statement that offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was “…suspended for a portion of spring football and will miss the season opener against Appalachian State for a violation of team expectations.”
Spring practice has begun in Ann Arbor, Mich., but youwouldn’t know it by the weather. An early start combined with the lingering effects of the polar vortex has Michigan practicing indoors as snow and ice remain piled up outside.
The uncharacteristic sub-zero temperatures match the general mood after last season’s 7-6 finish.
Tight end Jake Butt’s recent ACL injury that was announced by the Michigan athletic department depletes an already thin position group for Doug Nussmeier in his first season as offensive coordinator. The graduation of last season’s top receiver, Jeremy Gallon, and reliable option Drew Dileo leaves quarterback Devin Gardner without two of his favorite targets, while Butt’s injury threatens to have serious implications as Nussmeier tries to retool the Michigan offense.