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Brady Hoke ran his search for a new offensive coordinator with surprising secrecy. It was a complete shock when he announced that Doug Nussmeier, formerly of Alabama, had been hired to replace Al Borges.
The Michigan online community exploded with conjecture that Nussmeier was brought in to be the head coach-in-waiting, a move that would make little sense. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Hoke gets fired without Nussmeier’s offense being partly responsible.
Quarterback Devin Gardner joined many on the team who are raving about the changes brought by Nussmeier.
"He demands perfection," said Gardner. "Even when you have a big play, he finds something that can be improved."
Nussmeier is also making a big impression with recruits, including incoming quarterback recruit Alex Malzone, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.
"He [Nussmeier] just wants to help bring Michigan back to the great football it's used to," said Malzone. "He's had great success at Alabama and at Washington and also at Michigan State. I know he'll have the same at Michigan."
While enthusiasm for Nussmeier is running at a fever pitch, he still inherits a bad offensive line that's losing its two best players from last season.
He'll somehow need to overcome that obstacle while installing a new run-oriented offense for Michigan.