The Wolverine

March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Loading Up Michigan Continues Retooling For A Crunching Offense And Defense B Head coach Brady Hoke and his staff put together a 27-man recruiting class with onefive star prospect, 16 four-stars and nine three-stars. photo by per kjeldsen By John Borton rady Hoke comes across as a what-you-see-is-what-youget kind of guy. It���s obvious that what he wants Michigan opponents to see in coming years involves impending punishment. He���s looking to trot out a huge, ornery, manhandling offensive line, paving the way for rugged, pounding backs, complemented by a strongarmed-yet-mobile quarterback with big options at receiver. Hoke���s seeking a defense featuring size, aggressiveness and versatility, with heatseeking missiles at linebacker, and both length and speed at defensive back to cover while a four-man rush makes quarterbacks��� lives miserable. The Wolverines moved toward stockpiling all of that in their 27-man class of 2013. They buttressed the line of scrimmage, moving toward gamein, game-out dominance there. ���The needs we focused on, we met,��� Hoke assured. ���It was very important for us to establish guys who can play at the line of scrimmage the way we want to play Michigan football. We took four offensive linemen a year ago, and redshirted all four of those guys. We took six this year, and two of them are in school now. For the style of football that we need to

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