Hoke Has ‘Plan’ For Offensive Line Saturday

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he has a plan for the offensive line Saturday against Notre Dame, discusses performances vs. Appalachian State.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s offensive line appeared to hold up well in Saturday’s season opening win over Appalachian State.

Michigan racked up 350-yards rushing as the offense earned 24 first downs for the game, surrendering just one sack of senior quarterback Devin Gardner.

Despite that performance, several moves could still take shape prior to Saturday’s game on the road at Notre Dame.

“The guys up front all did some really good things and did some things they’ve got to do a better job of,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday. “As far as (Saturday), we’ll have a plan for what we want to do this week.”

Part of that mysterious plan includes the return of redshirt junior lineman Graham Glasgow who was suspended for the Appalachian State game due to a DUI offense this off-season.

Asked specifically how Glasgow could factor into that lineup, Hoke was coy.

“We’ve got a plan for it and we’ll go through the week,” Hoke said.

“He’ll be there at the game, yes,” Hoke added.

At right guard, redshirt sophomore Kyle Kalis was inserted on the line in place of Joey Burzynski who got the start on Saturday.

Kalis, who missed time early in camp with a back issue, is now healthy and could very likely get the start at guard against Notre Dame.

“He’s fine,” Hoke said on Kalis. “He held up great during the game.”

For the first time ever in a season opener at Michigan a true freshman started along the offensive line.

Not only did Mason Cole make history in his position group, the Florida native did so at perhaps the most difficult position protecting Devin Gardner’s blind side at left tackle.

“He played a pretty good football game,” Hoke said of Cole. “He gave up one sack but overall for his demeanor, I think that was really the only thing that really stuck out.

“He got pushed back once or twice but for a first start we thought he did pretty well.”

Making the start at center after earning the job in training camp, Jack Miller’s journey at Michigan has had its fair share of ups and downs. After losing his starting spot a year ago, Hoke believes Miller has learned from the process.

“I think there’s always a maturity (development),” Hoke said. “And I think Jack has kept maturing. I think there’s been some setbacks that I think every guy goes through during their four or five year career.

“He had a setback mostly in the middle of the season last year. I think his attitude, his work ethic, how he’s prepared himself from a mental perspective has really been something I applaud for Jack and how he’s gone about everyday going to work.”

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