The Wolverine

February 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  michigan football Coordinators Can Make An Impact In First Season When Mike DeBord (shown with head coach Lloyd Carr in 2007) was promoted from offensive line coach to coordinator in 1997, U-M increased its scoring by 3.7 points per game. W hen he was hired Jan. 9, Doug Nussmeier became the ninth coach to hold the position of offensive coordinator at Michigan in the last 30 years. While the previous eight coordinators made some impact, not all of them had a dramatic, instantaneous effect on the Wolverines — only five improved U-M's points per game and only three improved the offense's yards per game in their first season. In 1997, in his first season as coordinator, Mike DeBord helped usher photo by Per Kjeldsen in a more productive offense, upping the scoring from 23.1 to 26.8 points per game and increasing the yardage from 381.9 to 387.7. In 2000, Stan Parrish coordinated an offense that raised its scoring from 30.1 to 33.7 points per game and its yardage from 386.6 to 446.1. Finally, in 2002, Terry Malone helped produce a slight increase in points (26.7 to 27.8) and a greater increase in yards (359.2 to 381.2). Michigan also saw an uptick in scoring (28.8 to 29.2) in 2006 and

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