Wolverines' O-line juggling produces little

Angelique S. Chengelis
Detroit News

Ann Arbor — While the starting quarterback was the biggest change made for Michigan's Big Ten opener against Minnesota, it wasn't the only one.

The offensive line featured its third starting combination of the season.

Erik Magnuson had started the first four games of the season at left guard, but Graham Glasgow, who has started the last three games at right guard, moved to the left side. Kyle Kalis got his first start of the season at right guard.

Michigan, which went with sophomore Shane Morris at quarterback before an injury forced the return of Devin Gardner in the fourth quarter, failed to move the ball effectively.

The Wolverines had only 171 yards on 53 plays.

"I don't know if I can give a clear assessment," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of the offensive line. "I think, obviously, there were some struggles today. The thing to look at is the communication, make sure we were targeting things right."

Jack Miller, who has started every game at center, said he thought the line was in sync.

"The communication wasn't off," Miller said. "I thought we were OK with that."

Miller did say that each game it seems to be a different issue that causes problems on offense.

"We're not consistent," Miller said of the offense as a whole. "You can't play 10-man football. One guy messes up on one play and it costs you. That's my best guess. It's someone different every day. One guy making a mistake, and it costs you. Offensively, you have to be on the same page."