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Sophomore receiver Nico Collins went for 632 receiving yards in 2018.

Instead, despite a scattering of impressive performances, those hopes were marred by a lack of consistency and opportunity. Sophomores Nico Collins and Donovan People-Jones paced the group with 632 and 612 yards, respectively — ranking 151st and 161st nationally — making it five consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard receiver for Michigan.

Freshman Christian Turner figures to take on a bigger role next season with the departure of Karan Higdon.

With the Michigan football team’s 2018 regular season in the books, The Daily looks back at the performance of each unit this year and peers ahead to the future in 2019. In this edition: running backs

After stating he did not anticipate staff chances, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has already named three new assistant coaches.

Minutes after Michigan’s Peach Bowl loss to Florida last month, a reporter asked Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh whether he anticipated any changes to his coaching staff.

The answer, perhaps predictably, was a simple “no.”

Michigan's offense will look different next season under the tutelage of Josh Gattis.

The hiring of former Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis to become the offensive coordinator (yes, the sole offensive coordinator) at Michigan on Thursday is the latest and most discernible proof of Harbaugh’s willingness to evolve.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hired Josh Gattis as his offensive coordinator Thursday.

The Wolverines have hired Josh Gattis — Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach — to fill the job, per The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini. The news comes as a shock, not just because it means Harbaugh could cede control of the offense, but because Harbaugh said after Michigan’s Peach Bowl loss that he didn’t anticipate any changes to his coaching staff.

Al Washington is the second Michigan assistant to leave for Ohio State in two days.

Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington will be accepting an assistant coaching position with Ohio State, according to Rivals.

The move comes one day after the Wolverines’ defensive line coach, Greg Mattison, was named the Buckeyes’ co-defensive coordinator.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has lost two assistant coaches to Ohio State.

What has to change is something systemic. There either has to be a greater buy-in within the program to elevate players to a new level, a change in philosophy to use players’ talents more effectively or an uptick in recruiting that injects Michigan with players too good to fail.

Mattison spent eight seasons on staff at Michigan.

Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison has accepted a job to join the staff at Ohio State, as first reported by the Wolverines Wire. And for Harbaugh and Michigan, an offseason already sure to be rife with questions just reached a fever pitch.

Zach Gentry declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday.

Zach Gentry came to Michigan as a quarterback, the first recruited by Jim Harbaugh. On Wednesday, he announced he’ll leave early for the NFL, as a tight end.

Chase Winovich said that Michigan was, "building a powerhouse," weeks before getting blown out by Florida in the Peach Bowl.

“Next year, we’re not going to try to go backwards,” Winovich said, speaking of the program he’s now leaving. While Winovich might be correct that regression seems unlikely, the Harbaugh era has become increasingly defined by one question: Is progression really any more likely?