Michigan offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno opens up about his unit and what he hopes improves heading into year two.

Michigan offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno opens up about his unit and what he hopes improves heading into year two.

Returning four of five starters up front, Tim Drevno has a glow in his eye discussing Michigan's offensive line.

Now officially into fall camp No. 2 in charge of the group and as the Wolverines' offensive coordinator, Drevno already sees a difference as the 2016 season opener with Hawaii nears.

"They understand the playbook," Drevno said at Michigan's media day Sunday. "Like I've said before, you have the bowl practice and then you go to spring ball, it's really like you have two spring balls to really understand what we want and how we want to do it. 

"It's nice and the neat thing too is they really take control of the room. When you have a good offensive line, they really start fixing problems and it's nice for the coaches."

Losing only center Graham Glasgow to the Detroit Lions in the third round of the NFL draft, Michigan welcomes the return of three seniors in Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson and Ben Braden.

Collecting 25 starts in two seasons at left tackle, junior Mason Cole is now making the transition to center as sophomore Grant Newsome is set to take over protecting the quarterback's blindside.

Assuming no surprises occur in fall camp, Michigan's offensive line will have a different look but plenty of experience.

"I don't want to make that decision too soon, you know, cause we want to make the right decision," Drevno explained. "We'll progress into training camp and see how the days go and we'll come to a conclusion, coach (Jim Harbaugh) and I with it, and we'll see what's best."

"You're always looking for the sixth, seventh and eighth offensive linemen and you want depth, you want good players and good guys that back up," added Drevno. "You're always tweaking and feeling who is the best guy for this position."

If there's one area Drevno is looking for a jump up, the ground game is sure to be a major focus throughout fall camp.

"I think we've got to be more consistent running the ball," he said. "And I think that we'll be able to do that this year and I think they've all made great strides in the weight room and have a better understanding of what we want, better pass protection. Everything's got to improve."

As important as it will be for Drevno to instill his philosophies and coaching techniques in the unit, this time around he has several helping hands, all working in the same direction.

"They've really done a good job with a want to be good," Drevno said. "They demand that of themselves and they've done a good job in the two years we've been here. 

"Becoming students of the game and understand what we want, how to do it and they've got a tremendous brotherhood in the room. They want to be good, which is neat to see."

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