WATCH: Hudson Shares Which Players He Thinks Are Most Improved

WATCH: Hudson Shares Which Players He Thinks Are Most Improved

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WATCH: Hudson Shares Which Players He Thinks Are Most Improved

ANN ARBOR, Mich — It may just be one man’s opinion, and he may have a few biases — based off who his friends on the team are — but Khaleke Hudson has a good idea of who’s made the biggest improvements for Michigan this offseason.

The first player he mentions is a guy who’s taken a massive step forward this offseason. And though he plays at SAM linebacker — which, in Michigan’s scheme, tends to only be on the field once every three/four downs or so — Hudson says that this player will be one to look out for this season.

“Defense, definitely my guy Josh Uche,” Hudson said. “He’s going to have a big year – that’s all I’m gonna say, he’s gonna have a big year. I don’t wanna say nothing else about it. That’s by boy. We’re always hanging around. Me, him and Chris (Evans) together – that’s my boy.”

His selection of Uche jibes with what a lot of Michigan’s coaches have said in recent days, most notably Don Brown, who gave him some big time accolades last week.

“Unbelievable,” Brown said. “We’re able to play him in a number of different roles and move him around. The place he makes the most explosive impact is when he pass rushes. But now, he’s an adequate cover guy over the tight ends. He’s figured out the zone pieces as well, so now he’s more of a complete player. But we can also integrate him in several areas on our football team to take the best advantage of his ability to rush the passer.”

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“So, with that being said, we’re integrating him in different areas of our defense, which we’re able to do, because of the way we systematically approach things to take advantage of his unique abilities. He’s now 241-pounds. I want you to think about that for a minute – and he still runs 4.5. I gave Ben Herbert a kiss on the lips for that one! Because he’s in a position now where it’s not a skinny guy now getting bounced around and trying to figure out my feet and posture and all the things that you’re looking for in a complete football player.”

On the other side of the ball, Hudson couldn’t pick one player to call the most improved. Instead, he went with a whole position group.

And, if he’s right, Michigan’s pass game is truly going to be something to behold this upcoming season.

“Offense, I feel like the whole tight end group got a lot better. They’re faster, like real crisp routes. And they’re all looking good.”

The big player there — literally — is Zach Gentry, who stands at 6-foot-8, 262-pounds.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke about Gentry on Monday evening, and how far along he’s come:

“It’s just constant improvement from the time he left the quarterback position and really started playing wide receiver,” Harbaugh said. “And then into the slot and down to putting a hand on the ground – his progression as a blocker, his progression as a pass catcher. Knowing his assignments. He’s one of those guys that plays hard every play. And knows what he’s supposed to do. And more and more the subtleties of the game are coming his way – the techniques, the fundamentals.

“Sherrone Moore is doing an incredible job with him. He has been a tremendous addition to our staff.

“Cannot say enough good things about Zach. A continuous ascending player from the time we switched him to tight end.”

We will see who the true standouts are when Michigan takes the field in earnest on September 1 in South Bend, as the Wolverines renew the rivalry with Notre Dame. Kickoff is slated for 7:30PM.

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