Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Michigan Wolverines season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Michigan Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 10-3 overall, 7-1 in Big Ten
Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh, 5th year, 38-14
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MICHIGAN OFFENSE
– It’s not like the offense was bad. It was second in the Big Ten in scoring – averaging 25 points per game – and it was able to crank up an efficient passing game. And now it’s up to new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis – coming in from the Alabama staff – to take things to another level. It’s not exactly going to be Oklahoma time when it comes to winging the ball around the yard, but the goal is to get more explosive, especially against the better teams. He’s got the pieces to make it happen.
– It starts with the passing game that’s loaded with talent that’s all coming together at the right time. The terrific recruiting classes from a few years ago produced Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones from the pack of wideouts, and now they might just be the best 1-2 receiving punch in the conference. It’s not just these two in a deep corps, and the tight end combination of Nick Eubanks and Sean McKeon will be dangerous, too.
– Shea Patterson is the starting quarterback. Michigan has been in a quixotic search for the right guy ever since Jim Harbaugh took over, but the position never quite seems settled. Dylan McCaffrey is a talent, and Joe Milton is an interesting prospect, but Patterson is coming off a 2,600-yard, 22 touchdown season and should blow up in the tweaked attack.
– There will be a running game, too. The passing attack will be the star, and Karan Higdon is gone, but the Wolverines should be effective on the ground depending on who’s available. Chris Evans would be the leading returning rusher, but he’s suspended for the season as he gets his academic side in order.
Zach Charbonnet is the star recruit out of California with power, size, and wiggle, but he has to earn the gig in fall camp. No matter who’s running the ball, the blocking will be there because …
– The offensive line might be the best in the Big Ten. Jon Runyan is a sure-thing all-star at left tackle, and senior guard Ben Bredeson isn’t that far behind talent-wise. Cesar Ruiz is a veteran center, Michael Onwenu will get all-star honors at right guard, and the right tackle situation has more than enough options to play around with. Throw in the talented freshmen coming in, and it’s a deep and talented group.