What Jim Harbaugh Sees in Michigan OT James Hudson

What Jim Harbaugh Sees in Michigan OT James Hudson

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What Jim Harbaugh Sees in Michigan OT James Hudson


Second-year former four-star Toledo (OH) native James Hudson, a Michigan football offensive tackle, switched over from defensive tackle his freshman year. 


What Jim Harbaugh Sees in Michigan OT James Hudson

The name that is probably asked about most along Michigan’s OL is James Hudson.

A true freshman a year ago, Hudson moved over to the offensive side of the ball after being a four-star defensive lineman coming out of high school.

Some have thought that he’s the next great Michigan offensive tackle, but when head coach Jim Harbaugh broke down his offensive line at Big Ten Media Days on Monday, Hudson’s name was absent.

Instead, it was fifth-year tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty and legacy Jon Runyan Jr. who got the mentions as players on the outside that have impressed the head coach — and the freshmen, Hudson, Chuck Filiaga and Andrew Stueber’s names remained stricken from the list.

But that’s not to say they’re not impressing.

Specifically asked about Hudson, Harbaugh says he likes what he’s seen, but he’s just looking for more consistency out of the second-year tackle.

He got very specific in what he’s looking for from him, and shared why he’s still glad, a year later, that he switched him to offense.

“Going good, going good,” Harbaugh said. “Still work to be done, but there’s real signs there. There’s been times where you go, ‘There it is! This is your position now!’ Getting confident at that, getting even a bit of a chin-bob, like, ‘I’ve got this!’ Still got more to improve on in that area. But, gosh darn, if a guy can do it once, he can do it again. That’s what we keep telling James. ‘Hey, you can do it. Look – there it is. Do that every single time.’

“Perfecting his kick, getting more vertical, as opposed to naturally wanting to slide out to somebody, and then give up an inside move, rather than – ‘Okay, here’s your kick, straight back – be patient. Let him come to you. Keep your head back, and – punch!

“Still developing. But we’ve got a great guy in Ed (Warinner), who’s teaching him all that stuff. Got really high hopes for James. I have no doubt that that’s the right thing. Very, very little doubt that the right position for him is offensive tackle.”

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