After last season’s tailspin, it’s understandable that Michigan coach Brady Hoke would be eager to get back on the field and start working to prevent a repeat.
Hoke had Michigan begin spring practice earlier than in past seasons, starting prior to spring break. He hopes that the down time will give new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s new offense a chance to sink in, and his team will return refreshed and ready to work.
“We have so much new stuff,” said Hoke in a press conference, as noted on mgoblue.com. “New offense, when you look at terminology and all those things that are important. We thought these first two days—non-padded—we could get a lot taught, a lot of the base things that are in the offense…When they come back hopefully they’ll be in a groove with what they’ve done so far.”
The week that the team takes away from the practice field will also allow the coaching staff to evaluate the position changes previously announced by Hoke. After the team’s 7-6 record last season, he has little margin for error this season. With numerous questions on offense and the shuffling of his defensive staff, every move is critical if Michigan hopes to compete for the Big Ten title this season.