Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pep Hamilton brings a different dimension for the Michigan quarterbacks

                                        Photo Credit: Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press

CHICAGO— Another season, another quarterback competition.

For third year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, the norm has been to keep an open competition to bring out the best in his players. This season is no different as incumbent starter Wilton Speight, John O’Korn and Brandon Peters will compete for the starting quarterback spot in fall camp.

The twist is with a veteran offensive guru at their side this time around.

Insert, Pep Hamilton.

Hired on Jan. 12, the assistant coach/passing game coordinator helped shape Andrew Luck as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Stanford in 2011 and followed him two seasons later to the Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League and has brought a different type of fire to Michigan in his first season.

The connection with Hamilton and Harbaugh goes as far back to the 2010 season as he served as the wide receivers coach and contributed to an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech.

Over the years, the two would find success through different paths in the NFL with Harbaugh making it to Super Bowl 47 against his older brother and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, while Hamilton helped guide Luck to career highs in passing yards (4,761) touchdowns (40) and quarterback rating (96.5) in the 2014 season.

After a one-year stint in Cleveland last season, Hamilton found his way back into the college game at Michigan and Harbaugh believes in what he has done to build up the quarterback depth in his short time.

“(Pep) is really one of the best coaches we have out there, pro or college,” Harbaugh said at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday. “Our players see it and are benefiting greatly. He is a jackhammer and has such a good ability to stay on point and detail. His style is not confusing or fast, but is just right.”

Family moves the needle on the Ann Arbor campus and Hamilton’s hospitality has rubbed off on not only the quarterbacks, but the other position players.

“Pep is a tremendous father and should write a book or even go on YouTube and film videos on how to parent,” Harbaugh said in a sarcastic manner. “He coaches the players on our team just like he talks to his own kids and gives the players tools to be as good as possible and holds them accountable. I can go on and on, but he is one of the more fantastic coaches in all of football.”

The Pep Hamilton File:

Born: Sept. 19, 1974, Charlotte, NC

Education: Howard University

Coaching history:

1997-98- Howard University, Quarterbacks coach
1999-2001- Howard University, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach
2002- Baltimore Ravens, Pro Personnel Intern
2003- New York Jets, Offensive Quality Control
2004-05- New York Jets, Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks coach
2006- San Francisco 49ers, Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks coach
2007-09- Chicago Bears, Quarterbacks coach
2010- Stanford University, Wide Receivers coach
2011-12- Stanford University, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach
2013-15- Indianapolis Colts, Offensive Coordinator
2016- Cleveland Browns, Associate Head Coach, Offense

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