Michigan Transfer Casey Hughes Switches Positions

Michigan Transfer Casey Hughes Switches Positions

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Michigan Transfer Casey Hughes Switches Positions

ANN ARBOR, Mich — It didn’t take long for Michigan graduate transfer Casey Hughes to find his spot once arriving in Ann Arbor, and it turns out it’ll be the same position he was at Utah.

As a cornerback for the Utes, Hughes compiled some decent stats, including 35 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles. Michigan envisioned that he would come in and push for a position with the safeties.

However, on Monday, safeties coach Chris Partridge said that with everything that goes on with transferring into a program, there was a better fit for Hughes elsewhere — back where he was originally.

“That’s a challenge, right?” Partridge said. “He came in, wasn’t at spring ball. He started with me in the safety room and did a heckuva job trying to learn the defense. We recently flipped him over to the corner room with Coach Zordich. He’s picking it up, he’s going now.

“I think the first week was probably like, ‘Wow, it’s a lot,’ because he’s going from corner to safety in a new environment. But he’s a guy you’ll see out there contributing in various areas. Special teams and things too.”

Partridge confirmed that Hughes will be working at both corner and the nickelback position. However, he has fierce competition at the spot, given that there’s the three-headed monster of Lavert Hill, David Long and Brandon Watson who are the starters there as of current.

But, last week, cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich said that he is looking for a rotation of at least five, and that Ambry Thomas has all but cemented the fourth position.

“Hopefully this next half of camp, somebody out of that group steps up and separates themselves,” Zordich said last week, speaking more about the true freshmen. “Because it would be nice to go into the season with five, knowing you’ve got five.”

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