Donovan Edwards first impressions Michigan football coach Tony Alford

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Among the biggest news this college football offseason has been that new Michigan football head coach Sherrone Moore managed to steal away Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford.

Just when it had appeared that the Wolverines’ staff was set, it was revealed that Mike Hart would not be returning to the program after three years coaching in Ann Arbor, and the supposed candidates for the position weren’t exactly of a high-profile nature. Meanwhile, Moore was working behind the scenes to lure away a coach from the rival school who had already cemented himself during spring practice in Columbus.

But how is Alford working out in his new digs? Besides Alford himself, there’s no one better to ask than one of his star players.

On Monday, Donovan Edwards shared his thoughts and noted that he already had a solid relationship with Alford dating back to his recruitment. While he’s sad to not have Hart, he says Alford has been able to come in and not skip a beat.

“He recruited me to Ohio State my sophomore year in high school, and our relationship just continued to grow,” Edwards said. “It was not about a rivalry to a certain aspect. You know, like, of course it is, but as people, you respect your opponents, and that’s what Ohio State and Michigan is all about. We respect each other.

“My impression of Coach Alford thus far is the guys love him, I love him. He tells us the same thing. It’s great to have Coach Alford up here because he’s really detailed into the game. And it’s great to have him here. We love Coach Hart. It’s unfortunate that he’s not part of this team anymore. But he will always be because he’s a Michigan legend. My relationship with both of them are going to continue to grow. I think that Coach Moore did a great job in hiring Coach Alford. So the same this is going to continue to grind.”

So are there any big differences, whether it’s between Hart and Alford or even with the coaching staff in general? Edwards doesn’t appear to think so, noting that while some terminology may be different, the vision and standard in Ann Arbor is still the same.

“Not really different,” Edwards said. “They have the same things — when I say things, I mean like the same like details, just different terminology. But it’s really, really nothing different.”

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