Brady Hoke is 'hearing' his offensive line, but still isn't opposed to shuffling in new players up front
ANN ARBOR -- For the first time all season, Brady Hoke admitted publicly Monday that he was concerned with this offensive line.
The Michigan football coach continues to place much of the Wolverines' inability to gain rushing yardage with their running backs up front, and has even said he's not opposed to shuffling in some new faces 10 weeks into the season.
On Wednesday, his opinion of the Michigan front five was improved -- but nowhere near giddy.
"I thought we were very physical (in practice Tuesday," Hoke said. "You've heard me say the term 'hearing football,' and I heard a lot of football (Tuesday). Which was a good thing.
"They've practiced hard, but we've got to make sure we're consistently stacking them together."
He's encouraged by the group's progress, but he's still not backing down from considering a handful of personnel changes up front.
Hoke said that he's considered inserting both redshirt freshman Jack Miller and sophomore Joey Burzynski into the lineup -- and through this week in practice, he says both have gotten more snaps up front.
"Those guys have gotten some reps with the ones," Hoke said. "We'll see. I can't tell you until we finish (physical) practices.
"And we really don't finish until Thursday."
Hoke says he's hearing football up front, and he's basing his evaluation on whether or not there's room to run for his running backs -- namely Thomas Rawls and Fitz Toussaint.
But asked why this group hasn't been able to translate strong practices to game action, Hoke says he's still puzzled.
"I wish I had that magic pill," Hoke said. "I wish I did. Because I can't tell you.
"I really can't tell you."