Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Josh Gattis leaves Alabama Crimson Tide to become Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator

Josh Gattis leaves Alabama Crimson Tide to become Michigan Wolverines offensive coordinator

Josh Gattis was supposed to be on the move from Alabama to the Big Ten, but he has reportedly changed his mind on the job that he will take.

"It is an honor and a privilege to join the University of MI football family under Coach Harbaugh, one of the most successful head coaches in all of football", Gattis said in a release. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted". Gattis spent one season with the Crimson Tide after spending four seasons on James Franklin's staff at Penn State. While Key's role at Georgia Tech has not been announced, sources tell that he is expected to continue coaching offensive line while taking on the role of taking on the title of associate head coach and run-game coordinator under newly hired head coach Geoff Collins. "My family and I couldn't be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor". In addition to the hire of Gattis, defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive assistant Al Washington both departed for Ohio State earlier this week.

Gattis will inherit a number of offensive weapons at MI, including quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins.

Gattis left Penn State for a job under Nick Saban at Alabama ahead of past year.

Gattis, 34, has specialized in coaching wide receivers during his first nine years of coaching at the college level.

Gattis coached wide receivers at Western Michigan in 2011, helping Jordan White become an All-American.

Gattis played at Wake Forest University, earning his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2006.

Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season. With Gattis on staff, the Crimson Tide posted the best offensive season in program history 522 yards per game and 45.6 points per game. MI scored just 17 points in a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and 15 points in a Peach Bowl loss to Florida.

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