ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez rarely used the tight end in his spread offense, but when Brady Hoke arrived on campus he made it clear tight ends would be playing a much bigger role in his.
And now, with his 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, Hoke has drawn some of the top tight end talent in the country to put into his pro-style offense over the next few years.
In his first year at the helm of the Wolverines, Hoke began using Kevin Koger mainly to block but also as a target for quarterback Denard Robinson, giving Michigan’s offense a new look. Hoke often described Koger as being the prototypical tight end the Wolverines want, which to Koger meant being versatile and tough.
"That means a lot of in-line blocking, asking the tight end to block the bigger D-ends on the line of scrimmage and blocking for guys like Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint," Koger said. "Also, making crucial catches on third down in the intermediate range."