Hoke Addresses Offensive line concerns

STORY: U-M coach Brady Hoke talks offensive line depth, Curt Mallory's coaching move and his early impressions of Freddy Canteen.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The puzzle that is the Michigan offensive line is far from complete. And today the unit lost another big piece.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced the suspension of starting lineman Graham Glasgow for a portion of spring football and the home opener against Appalachian State for a violation of team expectations.

The loss deems huge for an already depleted Wolverine offensive front. A unit that that lost graduated seniors Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield to the NFL. And is also dealing with a plethora of injuries to Eric Magnuson (shoulder), Logan Tulley-Tillman (wrist) and Joey Burznski (ACL). Although, Hoke did note that Tulley-Tillman would be participating in practice for the first time today since the surgery.

However, the unit still remains wide-open and competitive, according to Hoke.

"You still got a lot of guys who are playing," Hoke said. "You still got (Kyle) Kalis and (Kyle) Bosch, you how they are playing. Jack Miller is playing. Ben Braden, so you got a lot of guys. And it's fun to watch David Dawson, you know, and see how he is coming along.

"Believe me, we've got enough guys."

But with Glasgow out for the foreseeable future, Hoke says Patrick Kugler and Jack Miller will increase their snaps at center.

"We've been moving those guys around pretty good in there," Hoke said. "We've kicked Graham out to tackle, we've kicked him to guard some, so Pat (Kugler) can get snaps and Jack Miller can get snaps. … They will just get more snaps."

As far as the depth issue being a concern, Hoke replied:

"Would we like to have all of them? We would love to have all of them. There is no question about it. But we are all pretty excited about how they're working together."

Mallory Coaching the Safeties

Curt Mallory made the switch from defensive back coach to safety coach this off-season, and the move has been "positive" thus far, said Hoke.

"I think the move that we made putting two guys back there is pretty positive," Hoke said. "I think for the safeties you got that meeting time with that coach that's talking strictly about the concepts and the things of the defense, but really taking a guy and working with those two guys. I think that's been a big plus. I think it's the same thing I can say for the corners. So I think what we did form the changing the staff up a little bit has been real positive."

Early Canteen Impression

Early enrollee freshman wide receiver Freddy Canteen has been the early rave of camp. He has already been mentioned by Devin Gardner and Shane Morris in recent interviews, and looks like he could be a freshman who could make an impact next fall.

"All you got to do his watch his film from East Christian," Hoke said on Canteen. "His burst, he comes off the line of scrimmage, good route runner, a guy who entrenched in trying to be the best he can so he learns well. He listens well. And he truly has a passion for the game."

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