Michigan’s Khaleke Hudson: Setting Big Ten record was “a very special moment”

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Michigan’s Khaleke Hudson set a Big Ten record with 8 tackles for loss in the Wolverines’ 33-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Not only did the Hudson’s defensive performance set a new record, passing former Wolverine Larry Foote’s mark of 7 tackles for loss in 2001, it earned him the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week honor.

Hudson joined the Big Ten Network’s Dave Revsine on Wednesday morning to discuss his record-breaking game against Minnesota.

Even though Hudson was dominant on the field on Saturday, it was initially ruled that he did not break Foote’s record, as he was only credited with 6.5 tackles for loss. Revsine asked Hudson about his initial reaction to coming up short of the record.

“Towards the end of the game, a guy came up to me and said, ‘You’re actually close to the record,’ and he said I had 6.5,” Hudson said. “The game is almost over, and I’m like, ‘dang, that would have been a huge accomplishment for me.’ You know, I was just thinking that I was happy that I was second behind Larry Foote, and I was just happy we got the win.”

Hudson said that Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown approached him on Sunday and told him that he had 8 tackles for loss and that it is being reviewed.

“The next day, I had got word that it was 8 tackles or loss and I had tied the NCAA record and set the Big Ten record,” Hudson said. “I was very happy. I was getting calls from my family and friends, and my teammates were congratulating me. It was just like a very special moment for me.”

The sophomore viper replaced 2016 Heisman candidate — and current member of the Cleveland Browns — Jabrill Peppers. Hudson said that he has learned “a lot” from watching and playing with Peppers.

“Just how hard he works, the speed he plays [with] in games and also in practice, and how much he cares about football,” Hudson said. “He was my roommate for camp, and he always told me, ‘Just keep working hard. Just keep doing what you do, and good things will happen for you.’ I always take that into consideration when I’m going out to play on the field and going into practice.”

“The [viper] position helps me just show what I can do on the field and how I can help my team win in many different ways,” Hudson added.

Hudson also said that he is happy with the way Michigan’s defense has played this season.

“I just like how we all play together,” Hudson said. “Coming into the season, there was all this talk about us being a young team and its going to be hard for us to replace all these great players, all these seniors that left last year. But I feel like we responded the way we wanted to and we’re having a good season.”

In all, Hudson recorded 15 tackles — 12 of which were solo — and 2 sacks in Michigan’s Week 10 win over Minnesota.

Here is the full interview:

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