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Get Funky! Darrell Funk Named Offensive Line Coach

Funk replaces Jim Bridge as offensive line coach with three returning starters.

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Purdue has an offensive line coach again as Darrell Funk was hired today to replace Jim Bridge. Funk was the offensive line coach last season at Akron and before that he served as O-line coach for four seasons at Michigan. From the official release:

Prior to Akron, Funk spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Michigan (2011-14). The Wolverines had three 1,000 yard rushes during his tenure in Ann Arbor, including Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint in 2011, the Wolverines’ first pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season since 1975. The Wolverines ranked second in the Big Ten in rushing (221.8 yards per game) and third in total offense (404.7 ypg) in 2011. While at UM, Funk’s line ranked third in the conference in fewest sacks allowed in 2011, and helped the Wolverines average 383.1 yards and 29.8 points per game in 2012 and 373.5 yards and 32.2 points per game in 2013.

In Funk's first three seasons at Michigan, his lines produced the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. Center David Molk won the award in 2011, while Taylor Lewan earned the honor in 2012 and 2013. Molk, who in 2011 received consensus All-America recognition, also earned Rimington Trophy honors as the nation's top center, while Lewan became Michigan’s first two-time All-American since Jake Long in 2006 and 2007 while also being named a semifinalist for the Rotary-Lombardi Award.

This seems like a decent hire, but if I recall correctly the overall line was a bit of an issue during Brady Hoke's time. We will see where this goes.