Michigan freshman safety Khaleke Hudson was one of many true freshmen to see playing time on Saturday. Unlike some of his classmates, Hudson entered camp relatively raw at the safety position while learning on the fly.
U-M safeties coach Brian Smith has been really pleased with the development of Hudson, who has obviously shown enough during camp to warrant early playing time.
"Khaleke came in as a freshman and didn't know much, he came in as a running back in high school, kind of an option running back," Smith said. "You can see the maturity he has for a young guy coming in and he's really learned a lot in the last couple of weeks. I've been happy with his progression from where he started to where he is now. Just gotta keep going every day, getting better and just learning the game. Learning the safety position, but he's done a nice job so far. He's had a nice progression."
As someone who mostly played running back in high school, Hudson making the jump all the way to the other side of the ball to safety is a big change. However, if there is one advantage he could take away from it, Smith says that his knowledge of the offense and how a running back thinks could aid him further while he continues his transition to safety.
"It is a different position," Smith said. "You're kind of on the other end of it. But know how a running back thinks, I guess that helps. You're kind of seeing the same thing he sees but from the other side. So against the run game, you're seeing the same holes that he's seeing. Having that vision, I think, helps on the defensive side.