Brady Hoke is more than two years removed from the Michigan football program, but his name is still being mentioned at the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
During his four-season tenure as Michigan’s coach, Hoke recruited all 14 of Michigan’s invitees to the NFL combine, including Chris Wormley and Ryan Glasgow in 2011 to Jabrill Peppers in 2013.
Wormley and Glasgow were quite complimentary of Hoke, who spent last season as Oregon’s defensive coordinator, and was hired in February as defensive line coach at Tennessee.
Michigan DT Ryan Glasgow speaks to reporters at NFL combine
In four seasons at Michigan, Hoke was 31-20 and led the Wolverines to three bowl games, including the 2011 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Hoke was also Michigan’s defensive line coach when the Wolverines shared the 1997 national championship. Michigan fired Hoke in December 2014; less than a month later Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh from the San Francisco 49ers.
“He’s the coach who recruited with you and the coach who was with you for two or three years, so, yeah, there’s a soft spot for him,” Glasgow, a defensive tackle who is projected as a third- or fourth-round pick by CBSSports.com, told reporters Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Ryan Glasgow said he and a few players went out to dinner with Brady Hoke during training in San Diego
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Chris Wormley says he tries to stay in touch with Brady Hoke: 'He's a guy you can go have a beer with, he'll be invited to my wedding.'
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Glasgow also pointed to Harbaugh’s emphasis on professional development as a factor in a record number of Wolverines participating in this year’s combine.
“The way he used all the guys here, really helped springboard them,” Glasgow said. “His coordinators, his assistant coaches, all played a massive part in that, for sure.”