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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Inside the mind of Al Borges

By Brian Bennett

What its the genesis of Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges' philosophy? It all started with doodles.

In ESPN.com's new WolverineNation site, Michael Rothstein explores the roots of Borges' success as a playcaller, dating all the way back to when he was in high school.
"I'm obsessive," Borges said. "Guys tell me I'm a nut job and I think I am. I like that part of the game. I like so many parts of the game, but I like the tactics and I like to scribble. "

Michigan players and most notably Denard Robinson have learned firsthand about Borges' obsessiveness, including spending weeks of practice just focusing on their footwork. Borges is constantly inventing but also has bread-and-butter plays he has used all throughout his coaching stops.
"Once the bread and butter is installed, Borges' innovation shines. He starts tailoring other plays to his quarterback's strengths. At Michigan, Borges has hinted at more shotgun and designed runs for Robinson -- who is more mobile than any quarterback he has had. ...

"Coach Borges will help the quarterback," said Jason Campbell, his first quarterback at Auburn. "He is such a smart guy who has a great system for a quarterback. He is very instinctive and he knows how to help a quarterback and an entire offense."

For more on Michigan, check out WolverineNation.