Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis watches warmups before the Ohio State game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

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Michigan OC Josh Gattis wins Broyles Award as top assistant

Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis was named the winner Tuesday of the 2021 Broyles Award, given each year to the top assistant coach in the nation.

Gattis, who also coaches wide receivers, was hired as Michigan’s offensive coordinator before the 2019 season. He is the first Michigan assistant to win the award since defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann was honored in 1997.

In 2021, Michigan (12-1) ranks No. 10 in rushing offense (223.8 yards per game), No. 13 in scoring offense (37.7 points) and No. 18 in total offense (451.9 total yards).

In the Big 10 championship game on Saturday, the Wolverines offense put up 461 yards — an average of 7.4 yards per play.

Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the nation and will face No. 3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve for a chance to play in the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 10.

Gattis, 37, played safety at Wake Forest and spent parts of three seasons in the NFL before beginning his coaching career. He previously was an assistant coach at Alabama (2018), Penn State (2014-17), Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Western Michigan (2011).

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