ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The last time Khalid Hill had a rushing attempt, he was 10-years-old playing youth football in Detroit.
On Saturday, 11 years later, Hill who is playing more of an H-back role in U-M’s offense as a senior, got unexpected play call with Michigan driving early on in the fourth quarter.
“I was actually on the field, you know, calling the personal (in) and I heard the play, and I was like ‘Alright, for sure, I get the ball – let’s go with it,’” Hill said moments before his four-yard touchdown run that put the Wolverines up 56-3, as they would eventfully defeat Hawaii, 63-3.
“I was kind of nervous, I was like ‘this is my first carry, I’m going to do what I’m going to do with it.” I’ going to follow what coach (Tyrone) Wheatley taught me and just ride the wave, and I got in there.”
Hill, who was a self-described “power back” in his youth, stands at 6-foot-2, 263-pounds, and looks like he has transitioned form tight end to fullback nicely so far. However, that being said: which does he prefer, a rushing touchdown or a receiving touchdown?
“Touchdown run,” he said, when asked which was better. “To get back out there, like I said, to play the new fullback position, to actually go out there and run the rock was amazing.”
No. 7 Michigan plays host to UCF this Saturday at noon ET.