After a disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2013 which culminated with the team losing five out of its last six games, next season can’t come soon enough for Michigan. The epic slide dashed any hopes that Brady Hoke had for his team to make the Big Ten championship game and resulted in the dismissal of offensive coordinator Al Borges.
Borges was replaced by Doug Nussmeier, who held the same post at Alabama under Nick Saban. Nussmeier is tasked with creating an offensive identity for Michigan, which struggled with consistency all season.
As Hoke enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor, he’s under pressure to beat rivals Michigan State and Ohio State—which battled for the Big Ten championship last season—while Michigan lurked in the Legends division cellar.
Preparation for winning the Big Ten starts with spring practice, and these are the players to watch.