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Gophers O-line coach Warinner leaving for Michigan

 

 

Ed Warinner, the Gophers’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator, has accepted an offer to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan.

Warinner’s role with the Wolverines is to be determined, and Michigan hasn’t announced the hiring, but multiple media outlets reported the move. On Saturday afternoon, Warinner updated his Twitter bio to say University of Michigan and changed his background photo to Michigan’s practice facility.

Warinner spent the 2017 season with the Gophers after being an assistant at Ohio State from 2012 to ’16, first as offensive line coach and later as offensive coordinator. The Strasburg, Ohio, native was named Footballscoop.com’s offensive line coach of the year in 2012 and ’14. He also was named a top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com in 2014.

Warinner helped the Gophers sign their highest-ranked offensive line class ever during December’s early signing period, highlighted by four-star guard Curtis Dunlap and 6-9, 400-pound three-star tackle Daniel Faalele, both of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and Jason Dickson, a three-star tackle from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

A possible in-house candidate to replace Warinner is Gophers tight ends coach Brian Callahan, who was Fleck’s offensive line coach at Western Michigan from 2013 to ’16. Footballscoop.com named Callahan its offensive line coach of the year in 2016 after the Broncos averaged 41.6 points and 481.2 yards per game during a 13-1 season.

Warinner’s departure is the second from the Gophers coaching staff this offseason. On Monday, Maurice Linguist, who was promoted to assistant head coach in December, left to become Texas A&M’s defensive backs coach.

On Wednesday, Fleck announced the hiring of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M head coach Clay Patterson as an assistant coach with a role to be determined. Patterson also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Norsemen.

U wide receiver Hmielewski gives up football to focus on baseball

Drew Hmielewski, a multisport athlete from Marshall, Minn., who was a redshirt freshman for the Gophers football team last fall, has left the football program to concentrate on baseball, a university spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The 6-1, 204-pound wide receiver played in nine games last season, returning five punts for 25 yards. He did not have a reception. He missed the 2016 season because of an injury.

Hmielewski, an outfielder, spent the 2017 baseball season as a redshirt. The 2016 Marshall High School graduate set a school record with a .471 batting average as a junior and was named Big South Conference player of the year that season.

The football program also announced the addition of two transfers and seven incoming players who enrolled in the spring semester.

The transfers are defensive back Bishop McDonald, who played two seasons at Minnesota Duluth, and True Thompson, a wide receiver from Iowa Western Community College and the son of Darrell Thompson, the Gophers’ all-time leading rusher. McDonald, a former North St. Paul High School standout, made 78 tackles, defended 16 passes and intercepted three passes in 23 games at Minnesota Duluth. Thompson, a former Robbinsdale Armstrong standout, played in 10 games in 2017, catching four passes for 65 yards at Iowa Western. He spent the 2016 season as a redshirt.

The seven other players who joined the team for spring semester are sophomore quarterback Vic Viramontes of Riverside (Calif.) City College, and six freshmen: quarterback Zack Annexstad and offensive linemen Curtis Dunlap and Daniel Faalele of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.; linebacker Thomas Rush of Marysville, Ohio; defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger of Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio; and offensive lineman Nathan Boe of Lakeville North.