Jabrill Peppers popularized the idea of a VIPER position at Michigan. For the greater part of the offseason and a portion of the 2017 season, it was unsure if we would ever see an electric field general like Jabrill at Michigan, ever.
But it seems that Harbaugh’s recruiting may be just beginning to pay off.
Emerging from the reloaded Michigan defense from 2016 is safety-converted linebacker Khaleke Hudson, a former 3-star recruit at defensive back.
The Pennsylvania native is beginning to make a name for himself in a winged helmet, especially with his NCAA record setting performance by completing eight tackles for loss, the most ever recorded in a single game. Through nine games in the 2017 season, Hudson has just two less tackles that Peppers nine games into the 2016 season, but has two more sacks, one more interception, two more tackles for loss, an one more forced fumble.
Yet, some sources still fail to recognize Hudson for his efforts, even considering his 99.9 performance (out of 100) via Pro Football Performance. Hudson is just the second player to do so this college football season.
Hudson totaled 15 tackles against the Golden Gophers, three of which were sacks, a forced fumble and seemed to have blocked a punt, although somehow a punt missed a diving Hudson.
Hudson was all over the field against Minnesota, and contributed to another stout defensive effort, which will be needed from Michigan as they head to Maryland and Wisconsin before heading home to host Ohio State to finish the season.
Khaleke Hudson is the light toward the end of the tunnel for Michigan. He is a glimpse of what Harbaugh’s recruiting classes will be able to do as they continue to mature over the next year.