Pep Hamilton calling 'majority' of plays for Michigan's rising offense

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Sean McKeon

Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh maintains the offensive play-calling is a “collaborative process,” but he did reveal on Monday which assistant is handling the bulk of the responsibility.

Michigan (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) is ranked No. 12 and preparing to face No. 15 Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

“Pep’s calling the majority of them,” Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference, referring to pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Beyond that, Harbaugh would not elaborate on how the collaborative process, as he calls it, works on game day. 

“We’ve been through this many times,” he said.

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Michigan, which is about to embark on a tough three-game stretch of Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State, is ranked 30th nationally in scoring, averaging 38.2 points a game, and is 54th in offense, averaging 420.7 yards.

The offensive line has shown improvement and quarterback Shea Patterson has been a catalyst for the more consistent play. Patterson ranks 16th nationally in completion percentage (68.8 percent) and is 21st in pass efficiency.

Tight end Sean McKeon on Monday credited Hamilton with adding new wrinkles to the offense the past two weeks, including receiver Grant Perry’s throw out of a reverse to McKeon for first down.

“Against Northwestern we had the reverse to Donovan (Peoples-Jones) and then this week we had the reverse pass, so coach Pep is definitely trying to get creative and create plays that get us in position to have players make plays,” McKeon said. “Our offense is far from the ceiling.”