The Wolverine

February 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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WELL GROUNDED Doug Nussmeier Gets The Call To Ramp Up U-M's Offense B BY JOHN BORTON rady Hoke knows what he wants. He envisions a bruising yet versatile offense, with punishing offensive linemen clearing the way for a stable of tough and talented tailbacks. Hoke sees a strong-armed quarterback faking runs that must be respected, first freezing linebackers and then carving up secondaries through perfect play action. He envisions tight ends that alternately pound away up front or release downfield for timely, chains-moving receptions. Seeing it in his mind and getting there on the field haven't precisely aligned in Hoke's three years back in Ann Arbor. But he knows what it looks like … and it looks a lot like Alabama of the past few years. Nussmeier has been an offensive coordinator for the last six seasons, with stops at Alabama, Washington and Fresno State. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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