2016 Season Countdown: #46 Khaleke Hudson
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    Khaleke Hudson

    Name: Khaleke Hudson
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 206 lbs.
    High school: McKeesport (PA) McKeesport
    Position: Safety
    Class: Freshman
    Jersey number: #7
    Last year: Hudson was a senior in high school (LINK). He rushed 106 times for 1,118 yards and 17 touchdowns; he also made 60 tackles and 3 interceptions (2 for touchdowns).
    Final TTB Rating: 80

    Hudson wasn't on the Michigan recruiting radar for a long while during the 2016 recruiting cycle. He earned an offer in late fall and took an official visit to Ann Arbor in January. After that he was all Wolverine. And after having ample time to see what he brings to the table, Michigan fans were pretty excited. He was a stat machine in high school, averaging over 10 yards/carry. He has a long, ridiculous highlight reel. And against other elite high schoolers in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, he was all over the field and one of the primary standouts in the game.

    I pegged Hudson as a nickel corner coming out of high school, much like what Jabrill Peppers played last season. Word came out this summer that he will start his career at safety. Whether that's a long-term thing or just an indication of how thin Michigan is at the safety position, we'll just have to see. It would not be surprising at all to see him move down to the SAM linebacker spot to replace Peppers someday, but that would depend on Michigan becoming flush at safety, which is questionable since another two seniors will graduate after this season. For this season I expect him to back up Delano Hill at strong safety, and I also think he has the abilities to help out on special teams. Physically, I think he's ready for the college game, but safety can be a tough position to play from a mental standpoint, so hopefully he's up to the task.

    Prediction: Backup strong safety

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    SB Nation: Bill Connelly's Michigan football preview

    Advanced stats guru Bill Connelly previews Michigan, including a projection of 9.6 wins (LINK).

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    2016 Season Countdown: #47 Nolan Ulizio

    Nolan Ulizio (image via Journal-News)

    Name: Nolan Ulizio
    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 291 lbs.
    High school: West Chester (OH) Lakota West
    Position: Offensive tackle
    Class: Redshirt freshman
    Jersey number: #70
    Last year: I ranked Ulizio #88 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.

    Ulizio was a late addition to the class of 2015 when Michigan stole him away from UConn. He was bound to redshirt with so many experienced players ahead of him, so it was no surprise that he spent his first year watching from the sideline. But this spring he gave a decent showing in practice and in the spring game, acquitting himself fairly well against some good defensive linemen. As a right tackle, he could sub in this year and be fine during mop-up time. The starter is Erik Magnuson, who could himself move to left tackle or offensive guard if injuries occur. If the Wolverines decide to use a sixth offensive lineman at times, like they have in the past, it's usually an offensive tackle. So even if Patrick Kugler backs up at center and David Dawson fills in occasionally at guard, Ulizio might carve out a unique role on his own. And with few offensive tackles in the pipeline, he has a chance to establish himself for a potential starting role in 2017.

    Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

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    Eleven Warriors: Michigan's new approach to defending tight zone

    Eleven Warriors takes a look at how new defensive coordinator Don Brown will approach stopping inside zone (LINK).

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    2016 Season Countdown: #48 Lawrence Marshall
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    Lawrence Marshall (image via Maize and Blue News)

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    Name: Lawrence Marshall
    Height: 6'4"
    Weight: 250 lbs.
    High school: Southfield (MI) Southfield
    Position: Defensive end
    Class: Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number: #93
    Last year: I ranked Marshall #43 and said he would be a backup Buck linebacker (LINK). He played in three games and made 1 tackle.

    Marshall reportedly spent much of his 2015 season in the doghouse, so he did not get a lot of opportunities to play. Michigan needed pass rushers, especially after Mario Ojemudia's Achilles gave out, but still Marshall didn't get much run. He finally saw some playing time again in the bowl game blowout of Florida, but it was not a productive year. Michigan rotated a lot of defensive linemen, went through a few Buck linebackers, and still Marshall didn't see the field much.

    This year Michigan only lost one true defensive lineman (Willie Henry), but the Buck linebacker spot will turn into more of a traditional weakside end position. There is an opening there with Ojemudia, Royce Jenkins-Stone, and James Ross III all vying for NFL roster spots, but Taco Charlton is headed for weakside end. Meanwhile, Marshall reported in the spring that he has become a full-time strongside end (or "Anchor") and there's talk that he's up to around 270 lbs. With freshman Rashan Gary a strong possibility to start there, Marshall will be fighting for his shot in an attempt to keep someone like Chris Wormley at 3-tech. Michigan has a lot of depth on the defensive line, but if Marshall can keep his nose clean, he may be able to stake his claim for playing time in 2017 after Wormley, Charlton, and others filter out of the program.

    Prediction: Backup Anchor

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    Recruiting Update: July 25, 2016

    Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral DE Hunter Echols


    Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral defensive end Hunter Echols decommitted from UCLA. He's a 6'3", 231 lb. prospect who, after decommitting, subsequently released a top eleven that included Michigan. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #7 weakside end, and #97 overall. The U.S. Army All-American made 79 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries (1 TD) as a junior in 2015.

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    Blitzology: 4-2-5 Run Blitz vs. Zone Run

    Blitzology looks at a 4-2-5 run blitz to be used against zone run teams (LINK).

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