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Borges fits scheme around Wolverines

Offensive analysis: New coordinator mixed in some spread to keep Denard comfy

Updated: December 11, 2011, 1:47 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges never panicked. He had a team stacked with players recruited to play in a spread offense, and a quarterback with an unproven arm, but Borges remained calm. He was sure results would start to show as the players became more comfortable with his pro-style offense.

By the time the Wolverines beat Ohio State, Borges had melded his offensive principles with some spread principles to get the most out of his skill players. It had become clear things were starting to jell. Borges was playing toward the strengths of quarterback Denard Robinson and the rest of Michigan's weapons.

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"I think the kids on that side of the ball did a tremendous job," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "They did a tremendous job of adapting to the West Coast, pro-style offensive things that Al added. I think that whole staff, they all did a tremendous job in teaching the fundamentals and the techniques. ... He has a tremendous offensive mind."

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