MI hires Alabama assistant Josh Gattis as new OC

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He and new Maryland head coach Mike Locksley were co-offensive coordinators together at Alabama.

Then, apparently, Jim Harbaugh swooped in. Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire a former wide receivers coach to run the offense could signal a willingness to open up the offense.

According to a report by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini, Josh Gattis has been hired by MI to become the new offensive coordinator.

Gattis was formerly a safety who played for Wake Forest before getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He worked for six years as the receivers coach for Penn State coach James Franklin. He's had success in this capacity at every stop. Jerry Jeudy caught 68 passes for 1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns and won the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver.

Michigan's offense has been criticized over the last couple of months due to blowout losses at Ohio State and against Florida in the Peach Bowl.

Gattis takes over an offense that features a former five-star under center in Shea Patterson and a wealth of offensive talent, including receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell and a potential big-play threat in tight end Nick Eubanks.

"It is an honor and a privilege to join the University of MI football family under Coach Harbaugh, one of the most successful head coaches in all of football", Gattis said in Michigan's release.

Gattis' departure means Alabama will have a new offensive coordinator for the fourth time in four seasons. They haven't finished better than No. 50 in total offense in any of Harbaugh's four seasons. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted".

The offensive staff from 2018 remains intact, including passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton and offensive line coach Ed Warriner, who were Harbaugh's play-calling lieutenants this season.

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