Greg Frey, a former Michigan offensive line coach most recently the co-offensive coordinator and line coach at Indiana, reportedly was at UM Monday interviewing for a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff.
There is a vacancy with the departure of running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Frey, according to Sam Webb of TheMichiganInsider.com, is interviewing Monday.
Frey was on Rich Rodriguez’s staff at Michigan, then joined Indiana’s staff where he spent two seasons as run-game coordinator, two as co-offensive coordinator and last season as an assistant head coach. In 2015 he was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant in college football. He was credited in 2015 for a lot of Indiana’s offensive success. The Hoosiers were the fourth FBS team to have a 3,500-yard passer and two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver in the same year.
Should Frey be hired, Harbaugh could get creative with his staff and potentially move Jay Harbaugh from tight ends to running backs and have Frey coach tight ends and tackles.
Adding Frey takes some work off the rather large plate of offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, who has also coached the offensive line the past two seasons. He would then coach the interior linemen. Michigan’s offensive line, with the departures of three veteran starters, is now considerably younger, and likely would benefit if this is the staff structure.
As one former Michigan lineman who played for Frey told The Detroit News recently, “He’s an excellent offensive line coach in terms of technique, no doubt about that.”