The Wolverine

April 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  michigan football "As this coaching profession has gone, I haven't necessarily been on that side of the ball. I have accepted every opportunity and was excited by the opportunities I got on the offensive side of the ball. I tried to learn as much as I could while I was over there, but getting back on my side of the ball, I am definitely more in my comfort zone." Manning was slated to coach running backs at Northern Illinois, accepting a job with NIU in January before interviewing with U-M. "I'm unbelievably excited," head coach Brady Hoke said. "I hired Roy to be a GA our first year, and now we're getting him back. His character, his integrity, the quality person he is, his enthusiasm for the game, enthusiasm for the kids — if I had a son, I'd want Roy Manning to coach him. I'd want Roy Manning to be part of his life. "He's just that quality of a person. "Roy having played in the NFL is good, because we want our kids to have that goal. We want them to have high goals academically and socially, honoring their name and honoring Michigan. They need to have high goals from the competitive and athletic standpoints." In just a few short stints, Manning made quite an impression on the players he coached. "He definitely stood out," former Bearcats running back Adam Fearing said. "He was real young when he was here as a GA and just full of en-

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