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Who will coach Michigan’s wideouts in 2019? Ben McDaniels named interim WR coach

McElwain is gone, McDaniels has been promoted

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With Michigan Wolverines wide receivers coach Jim McElwain being named the next head coach for Central Michigan, there’s a void that needs filling.

While Michigan may ultimately interview a handful of coaches for the vacancy, they might could decide to promote someone that’s already in the organization.

The two names that come to mind are Roy Roundtree and Ben McDaniels.

Roundtree, a former Michigan wide receiver, is currently a graduate assistant for Michigan working with the wideouts. Roundtree was the wide receivers coach for Indiana State in 2017.

McDaniels, the brother of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, was an offensive analyst for Michigan this season, but he will now be the interim wide receivers coach through the Peach Bowl, per Jim Harbaugh.

McDaniels has had multiple stops in the NFL as an offensive analyst for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is McDaniels audition for the job. He has a month to show Jim Harbaugh and the rest of the staff he deserves to be their receivers coach full-time and can do the job well enough to continue advancing the skills of the Michigan receivers, a unit that is trending in the right direction.

Whether McDaniels, Roundtree, or an outsider gets to coach the group in 2019, whoever gets the gig will land into a good situation, as there’s plenty of talent and more reinforcements on the way via the 2019 recruiting class.

Michigan will be able to go out and grab a top level wide receivers coach if they so please on the open market. Money won’t be an issue if there’s someone Michigan has in mind specifically, but maybe McDaniels will impress the Wolverines and they’ll decide to stick with him.