Michigan Football: Wolverine Spring Notes -- Part I

Posted at 7:00am — 4/11/2014

Michigan Football: Wolverine Spring Notes — Part I

Not taking sides on the offense controversy or going to comment on Caoch Nuss being the savior of Michigan’s program, but just some notes I took during spring practices and comments made by Coach Nuss.

Doug Nussmeier 2Once again I want to remind everyone that Coach Nuss before spring practices asked Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison to throw everything at his offense in scrimmages. I keep bringing this up because it is very difficult to learn a new offense in just 15 practices, but even tougher to learn while having to defend blitzes and stunts by the defense.

How often did Michigan blitz during scrimmages? So much so that Coach Mattison commented that this spring they had run more blitzes in scrimmages than they ran all spring and fall practices put together a year ago.

Now we could argue whether this is a smart approach considering the youth of our offensive line, but as Coach Nuss stated putting pressure on offense speeds up the “learning curve” and it also gives coaches a better chance of evaluating the talent they have. In addition, Coach Nuss is a big believer (his comments) that he wants practices to be tougher than games and since college players are now limited in how many practices can be physical he does not want to limit the number of practices that puts a strain on offense mentally.

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