When Tyrone Wheatley departed for the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend speculation about what running backs coaches Jim Harbaugh would target immediately picked up steam. While some of the names were likely among those vetted, Michigan’s headman didn’t limit his search for his new assistant coach to tailback tutors. He also looked at adding to the expertise in the trenches, which led him to Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey.
The Michigan Insider has learned that Frey will be joining the Wolverines’ staff as the new tackles and tight ends coach and run game coordinator. Current tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh will slide over and take over coaching the running backs. It will be Frey’s second stint in Ann Arbor after serving as Rich Rodruigez’s offensive line coach from 2008-2010. During that time he helped groom Rimington Award winner Dave Molk and was instrumental in recruiting current NFL linemen Patrick Omameh, Taylor Lewan, Michael Schofield and Jake Fisher (who switched his commitment to Oregon when Rich Rodriguez’s staff was let go.
Over the last six seasons in Bloomington Frey was one of the most successful position coaches in the Big Ten, as evidenced by his 2015 Broyles Award nomination. The list of accomplishments for the Hoosier offensive line and offense as a whole is as impressive as it is log.
Per Indiana’s official athletics site…
- Right guard Dan Feeney and left tackle Jason Spriggs, the school’s first Outland Trophy semifinalist, became the fifth and sixth first team All-American offensive linemen in program history last season.
- The duo became the first offensive line tandem to secure first team honors in the same season in school history and just the sixth pair of teammates to accomplish the feat.
- Spriggs was selected by Green Bay in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He became the highest Hoosiers pick since fellow offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (33rd) in 2010.
- Twenty of Frey’s charges have reached the NFL, including five from IU - Spriggs, Andrew McDonald, Will Matte, Collin Rahrig and Jake Reed.
- Coached 19 all-conference honorees in his career, including Spriggs (2012-15), Feeney (2012, 2014-15), Matte (2012) and Rahrig (2013-14) at Indiana.
- Wes Martin, a 2015 freshman All-American, also received freshman All-Big Ten accolades, joining Jacob Bailey (2013), Wes Rogers (2013), Spriggs (2012), Feeney (2012) and Bernard Taylor (2011).
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