Michigan Hires Ex-Alabama, Penn State Assistant Josh Gattis as Offensive Coordinator

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Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley left to take the head coaching position at Maryland, while co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis followed Locksley to become the offensive coordinator for the Terrapins.

Bruce Feldman, of The Athletic, reports Gattis is expected to call plays at MI.

MI was without a bonafide offensive coordinator in 2018, with offensive duties being relegated to pass game coordinator Pep Hamilton and run game/offensive line coach Ed Warinner - with Jim Harbaugh having the final say.

Gattis will inherit a number of offensive weapons at MI, including quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted". "My family and I couldn't be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor".

"The offense and passing games under Josh's direction have achieved at a very high level throughout his coaching career", Jim Harbaugh said.

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Then, apparently, Jim Harbaugh swooped in. Sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy led the Crimson tide with 68 receptions for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before spending 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Gattis helped Penn State sign four straight top-25 recruiting classes and was named the 2015 Big Ten Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com.

Gattis was formerly a safety who played for Wake Forest before getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a graduate assistant at North Carolina before becoming the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2011. According to The Athletic, Gattis will take over play-calling. MI scored just 17 points in a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and 15 points in a Peach Bowl loss to Florida. In addition to the hire of Gattis, defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive assistant Al Washington both departed for Ohio State earlier this week. They haven't finished better than No. 50 in total offense in any of Harbaugh's four seasons. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season.

Michigan's offense didn't have an official coordinator in 2018.

It bears mention that Locksley, not Gattis, held that role at Alabama.

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