This should make Penn State’s visit to Michigan in October even more interesting.
Michigan on Thursday named Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator. Gattis comes to Michigan from Alabama, where he spent last season as receiver coach.
Before that, Gattis had coached with James Franklin for six seasons at Vanderbilt and Penn State. Gattis spent four seasons in State College, leaving for Alabama early in 2018 after Ricky Rahne was named Penn State’s offensive coordinator.
In a statement, Gattis called the Michigan job “the leadership challenge I’ve coveted.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to join the University of Michigan football family under Coach Harbaugh, one of the most successful head coaches in all of football,” Gattis said in the statement. “I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve as your offensive coordinator. This is the leadership challenge I’ve coveted. The football tradition at the University of Michigan is among the very best in college athletics. My family and I couldn’t be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor.”
Penn State visits Michigan on Oct. 19, when Gattis and Rahne will call plays against each other for the first time outside of a scrimmage in State College.
Gattis, 34, is among the rising stars of college football. At Alabama, Gattis coach Jerry Jeudy (68 catches, 1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns) to the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver. He also guided freshman Jaylen Waddle to the SEC freshman-of-the-year award.