Former Michigan football captain Kevin Koger has reunited with his high school football coach and is working on the sidelines at Saline High School as he rehabs from injury.
Koger is recovering from a partially torn achilles tendon, and while he waits for his body to heal and NFL teams to give him a shot later this fall, he's putting his knowledge to use, coaching the tight ends at Saline.
Before his career at Michigan, Koger played for coach Joe Palka in Toledo, OH. Palka has taken over the Saline program and enlisted the help of his former star.
"It's different being on the other side," said Koger. "You're a player your whole life and then one year after college you're on the sideline coaching and calling plays. But the plays actually are coming back. We ran some of the same stuff in high school, but with six years of experience he's definitely changed the playbook a little bit.
"Coach Palka is demanding. He's throwing a lot at these kids, but they're responding well."
Koger played at Michigan from 2008-2011, captaining the squad last year. He caught 59 passes in his four-year career and scored nine touchdowns. It's believed pro teams will be interested in Koger when his achilles injury heals.
"With his background and his demeanor, he's just a great person," said "Kids flock to him. He's a great role model. He's got a great football mind and, plus, he ran this offense in high school so it's a natural transition for him. It's great to have him on staff."\
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