Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis taking over as MI offensive coordinator

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MI football has hired former Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator.

MI coach Jim Harbaugh bounced back from losing two assistants to rival Ohio State with what looks like a strong addition to his staff.

Crimson Tide wide receivers shined in Gattis' lone season with the program. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted". He worked for six years as the receivers coach for Penn State coach James Franklin. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh previously said assistant head coach Pep Hamilton was calling plays late in the season. "My family and I couldn't be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor". Sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy led the Crimson tide with 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.

It's the first time in Harbaugh's four-year tenure that the Wolverines will have an official OC.

Gattis was only at Alabama for a season and has significant familiarity with the Big Ten and the Big Ten East.


Then, apparently, Jim Harbaugh swooped in. He was a graduate assistant at North Carolina before becoming the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2011.

Gattis was a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. MI scored just 17 points in a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and 15 points in a Peach Bowl loss to Florida. MI did lose two assistants in this past week, with former defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington both joining Ryan Day's new staff at Ohio State.

Harbaugh has led MI to three 10-win seasons in four years in Ann Arbor, but hasn't yet gotten over the hump against Ohio State.

Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

Multiple reports on Thursday had Gattis heading to Maryland to reunite with new head coach Mike Locksley, who coordinated Alabama's offense alongside. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season.

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