San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges will join his head coach Brady Hoke on the Michigan Wolverines staff, according to a report. Michigan hired their Michigan man in Brady Hoke, but what are the Wolverines getting in terms of X's and O's? In Hoke's tenure as the Ball State head coach and more recently at San Diego State, he has won with offense and an above-average defense in his team's good years.
Borges has over 20 years of experience as offensive coordinator at multiple BCS schools with varying success. Bringing along Borges could mean that Michigan will be moving away from the spread attack used under Rich Rodriguez, and toward a more open passing offense, but do not expect for Hoke to use an offense that would cause one of college football's most dynamic playmakers to transfer away.
The main concern from Michigan coud be the status of quarterback Denard Robinson, who is known more for his running skills then his passing ability, and if Hoke insists on having a pass-heavy offense then Robinson could transfer to find an offense that suits his skills. Hoke should have learned from Rich Rodriguez, who forced a round peg into a square hole when installing his spread option attack. Borges must find a way to utilize one of the most dynamic players in college football; after all, Robinson ended up finishing the season third in the nation in rushing yards.
Borges is thought of as a smart coach that looks to take advantage of his personnel. When he arrived at San Diego State he had a solid, strong-armed quarterback in place with Ryan Lindley and two quality receivers in DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown. He installed a pass-heavy offense and proceeded to throw the ball around with three- and four-wide receiver sets, and ran an up pace offense that was predicated on making big plays in the passing game.
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