Michigan Hires Alabama's Josh Gattis As Its Offensive Coordinator

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire a former wide receivers coach to run the offense could signal a willingness to open up the offense. 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.

Josh Gattis, the Crimson Tide's co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, is reportedly leaving for Maryland.

What that means for Pep Hamilton remains to be seen, given that there has been no indication at this juncture that Hamilton or any other offensive staff have been let go.

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.

Gattis was formerly a safety who played for Wake Forest before getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 34-year old held the same position at Penn State (2014-17) and Vanderbilt (2012-13), and served as Western Michigan's wide receivers coach in 2011. He spent the past three years as Alabama's offensive line coach after spending the previous 11 seasons coaching at Central Florida.

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). With starting quarterback Shea Patterson and most of the offense returning, Gattis should have plenty of weapons to improve the unit in 2019.

Previous reports of Brent Key's departure to Georgia Tech were confirmed Thursday as he was announced as the Yellow Jackets' staff by the university.

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