ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The fullback has become a talking point for the Michigan football team.
It’s also become an action point.
Khalid Hill scored two of Michigan’s touchdowns Saturday in a 51-14 win against Central Florida. While he only has six carries for 13 yards this season, all three of his touchdowns have been within the 5-yard line.
The fullback has become an integral part of Michigan’s offensive scheme under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Hill, Henry Poggi and Bobby Henderson have taken reps this season at the position, which has both blocking and rushing responsibilities.
Harbaugh said Monday that he also sees a certain role for the fullback on his team.
“I think of the fullback as the guy we want being our hammer,” said Harbaugh, whose team hosts Colorado at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. “There’s a special place on our team for the fullback position. The identity of the team, and (Hill, Poggi) and Bobby Henderson, all three have real contact courage, how fast can you go from Point A to B to hit somebody. The courage shows up How quick you get there to do that aggressive act.”
Harbaugh also has developed a certain expectation for Hill.
“I feel good about all our fullbacks right now. But the most polished guy, in terms of an NFL-ready level, that would be Khalid.”