With new faces, Michigan football’s offense may take time to find rhythm

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When tight end Colston Loveland takes the Big House field for defending national champion Michigan football against Fresno State on Aug. 31, he will do so with a host of new faces around him.

No matter where he looks − left, right, or behind him − he won’t see a single player who was a full-time starter alongside him in the maize and blue a season ago.

Michigan tight end Colston Loveland celebrates a play against Washington during the second half of U-M’s 34-13 win in the College Football Playoff national championship game in Houston on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

The Wolverines graduated their starting quarterback (J.J. McCarthy), running back (Blake Corum), both wide receivers (Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson), entire offensive line (Karsen Barnhart, Trevor Keegan, Zak Zinter, Drake Nugent and LaDarius Henderson) and their in-line tight end (AJ Barner), from the best team in program history.

Michigan also moved offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore to head coach, quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell took over as offensive coordinator, while Grant Newsome moved from tight ends to coach the O-line.

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It’s a stark contrast to last offseason when the only major move the Wolverines had to make was replacing the fired Matt Weiss with Moore as a play-caller.

“It’s definitely different, you can look out there and see it’s different,” Loveland told reporters Wednesday afternoon inside Al Glick Fieldhouse. “A lot of new players which is not a bad thing at all, I mean, just so much room for a lot of opportunity for these guys … new offense, new identity.

“Obviously we’re going to do what Michigan does, but I’m…

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Author : Detroit Free Press

Publish date : 2024-03-28 10:13:23

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