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.
Coming off a 2017 season handicapped by poor quarterback play — one which ended with John O’Korn in tears sitting at the podium after the Ohio State game — even average quarterback play would have sufficed.
In 2018, Shea Patterson cleared that low bar with room to spare.
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.
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.