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Report: Michigan set to hire Georgia Tech DC Nate Woody as analyst

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It sounds like the Michigan football program added a defensive analyst with decades of experience under his belt.

Per FootballScoop, 58-year old Nate Woody will be getting a job at Michigan:

“Nate Woody, who served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech last season, is expected to join the Michigan staff in an off-field role, per source. In the past several weeks, per reports, Woody had reportedly taken the Army defensive coordinator job and was also set to join the Georgia State staff as of recently. We now understand he’s heading to Ann Arbor and is expected to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff.”

Woody’s last stop was at Georgia Tech, but he has been a defensive coordinator since the year 2000. Woody coached at Wofford from 2000-2012, at Appalachian State from 2014-2017, and then was at Georgia Tech in 2018.

This will be the first time in 20 seasons that Woody doesn’t hold the title of coach or call plays. What’s interesting about the hire is the fact Woody had reportedly taken the DC job at Army, and then was set to join Georgia State’s staff. It sounds like there was a steady amount of interest in Woody’s services, but for whatever reason he didn’t land at those destinations, he ultimately headed to Ann Arbor.

The context appears to be that Woody is the one who turned down Army and Georgia State. Woody likely headed to Michigan with the goal to either be promoted to Michigan’s staff as early as 2020, or to use the 2019 season at Michigan to springboard into a higher profile coaching job than the likes of Army or Georgia State.

Woody is more than qualified to serve as an analyst for Michigan, and it looks like a good get on paper.