Michigan football to add Pernell McPhee, Lionel Stokes to staff

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Sherrone Moore has been busy filling out his new Michigan football staff, and while it took a while for the Wolverines to officially announce that defensive coaches, the big news dropped on Wednesday with the news that Tony Alford was leaving Ohio State for the same position (running backs coach) with the maize and blue. Now, it’s on to the nitty gritty of filling out the support staff.

According to 247Sports’ Matt Zenitz, who has been stellar at discovering staff hires around the country, Michigan appears to be on the verge of adding former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee, who had two stints with the club and had some crossover with new Wolverines defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

An Orlando native, McPhee played college ball at Mississippi State and retired from the NFL after the 2021 season. His role with the Wolverines at this juncture is unclear.

Michigan also appears set to bring in Lionel Stokes, who — like LaMar Morgan — played at Louisiana. He’s coached defensive backs at Howard Payne, Jackson State, Nicholls State, and was a quality control assistant at his alma mater.

Certainly, it’s an impressive start to the Sherrone Moore era. We’ll continue to keep you updated as he adds staff to his behind-the-scenes roster.



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