The Wolverine

February 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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What They're Saying About Doug Nussmeier Angelique Chengelis, The Detroit News: "Nussmeier didn't plunge deep into X's and O's during his first news conference, and he admitted he's not entirely familiar with the roster, but he knows how to coach quarterbacks. Former Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, coached part of his college career by Nussmeier while on the Spartans' staff, raved this week about Michigan's hire. Stanton, now with the Arizona Cardinals, said he wouldn't have reached this point in his career without him. "Now, it's not about whether Nussmeier can develop NFL talent. But can he develop Michigan's quarterbacks and return the program to what he called, as he rattled off the names of some of the former U-M standouts, 'Quarterback U'?" Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press: "Nussmeier is able to walk into any situation with credibility. His playing career under [John L.] Smith at Idaho shows he spun it as well as any of his pupils. In 1993, he won the Walton Payton Award as Division I-AA's top player. "There was a basement trophy area in Nussmeier was the offensive coorNussmeier's East Lansing-area abode dinator at Alabama the last two seawhere Stanton spotted all the accolades. sons, helping to lead the Crimson He ribbed him about it, but only because Tide to the national championship in he felt comfortable. 2012. PHOTO COURTESY ALABAMA "'He has a very unique way of coaching, where you come away not afraid to make mistakes, but you're learning from your mistakes every single time you make them,' Stanton said. 'That's something he harped on all the time. There has to be communication.'" Eli Gold, voice of Crimson Tide football: "He's done magnificently everywhere he's been. He's put up big numbers every stop he's made, Washington and everything. The numbers have gone up or he's maintained world-class standards. "Also, he's a wonderful guy. When you have the opportunity to deal with him one-on-one, he's a great fella, a guy you'd want to sit down, have coffee with and shoot the breeze."

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