The Wolverine

February 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FEBRUARY 2018 THE WOLVERINE 23 least player personnel. Michigan fea- tured changes in the coaching ranks, bringing in Pep Hamilton from the Cleveland Browns to coach quarter- backs and wide receivers, and Greg Frey to handle the tackles and tight ends. Following the 2017 struggle, the cards are getting shuffled again. COACHING SHAKEUP WILL IMPACT 2018 SEASON Shortly after the Outback Bowl, Frey made it known he was headed back to his native Florida, to join the Florida State coaching staff. His sec- ond stint in Ann Arbor lasted just one year. Head coach Jim Harbaugh isn't afraid to use Michigan's national reach to go out and get coaches, like he did with defensive coordinator Don Brown, a lifelong East Coast tactician prior to coming here. Har- baugh reached into Arkansas this time, calling on a former archrival. Dan Enos, a Michigan State quar- terback from 1987-90, has joined the Michigan staff on offense. The Arkansas offensive coordinator the past three years, and head coach at Central Michigan from 2010-14, is expected to coach wide receivers for the Wolverines. Enos has been calling plays for more than half of his 20-year coach- ing career, including at Arkansas and CMU. He guided the Razorbacks' quarterbacks as well as coordinating the offense in his most recent gig. He's cited as running one of two Football Bowl Subdivision programs featuring a 3,000-yard passer and a runner gaining 1,300-plus yards in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Those years didn't involve an exceptional duo, either, since the seasons in- volved two different quarterbacks and two different running backs. Quarterback Brandon Allen's 3,440 passing yards and 30 total touch- downs in 2015 put him second in the Southeastern Conference, while his 21 touchdown passes ranked first. The following year, quarterback Al- len Austin topped the SEC with his 3,430 passing yards and finished sec- ond in the league with 25 scoring tosses. Enos also coached Ryan Radcliff, a big-numbers quarterback for the Chippewas. Radcliff wound up throwing for 9,917 yards and 63 touchdowns in his career, finishing second in CMU history in those cate- gories. Enos' Central Michigan teams went 26-36 overall and 18-22 in the Mid-American Conference. His first two seasons there, they were 6-18 overall and 4-12 in the MAC while he installed his system. Over the following three seasons, CMU went 20-18 overall and 14-10 in the MAC. Prior to his tenure at CMU, Enos coached quarterbacks (2006) and running backs (2007-09) at Michigan State. He developed NFL tailbacks such as Javon Ringer, Edwin Baker and Jehuu Caulcrick, after working with NFL quarterback Drew Stanton. A playing days contemporary of Enos, former Michigan offensive lineman Doug Skene (1988-92) re- members him well. "Coach Enos was successful at Michigan State before he left," Skene said. "He was developing players. One thing I always look for is, are the individual players at your posi- tion group getting better? It's about player development. "[MSU offensive line coach] Mark Staten is a friend of mine. I watch the Michigan State offensive line. When I see a young player that Mark's got in the lineup, I follow that kid. I watch the kid get better as the season drags on, as it goes into a new year. "Those things are the mark of a good coach. Dan Enos has got that résumé, got that history of develop- ing individual players." Skene laughed about the elephant in the room with Enos — the MSU connection. The former Wolverine got together with several other for- mer Michigan players, and reactions covered the spectrum of possible takes. Skene's own view involves a strong welcome to anyone boosting Michigan's fortunes. "We were having this internal de- bate, but my feeling is pretty clear," he said. "A pro is a pro. If a former captain at Ohio State can come coach at Michigan — my head coach [Gary Moeller] — I'm all right with a for- mer Spartan coming to help Michi- gan win. "Some guys see it a little bit differ- ently. I want Michigan to win, and if Dan Enos can come help us do that, that's fine with me. I don't have a problem with it." THERE'S MOORE FOR THE TIGHT ENDS Days after Michigan announced the Enos hiring, it unveiled a new boss for the tight ends, recent CMU coach Sherrone Moore. He handled the Chippewas' tight ends the past four seasons, while becoming assis- New tight ends coach Sherrone Moore is a former Oklahoma offensive lineman who coached tight ends at Louisville from 2012-13 and at Central Michigan from 2014-17. PHOTO COURTESY CENTRAL MICHIGAN

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