During Michigan’s 51-14 win over Central Florida, fullback Khalid Hill scored two touchdowns for the Wolverines, but only ran the ball five times for nine yards. He added two catches for nine yards.
“It’s good for the coach to trust you in the short-yardage game,” Hill said. “Even in a goal line situation, to be able to call on you and you get to produce. I want to be able to be that guy and even down the line still be called on as much as I can because I will get that first down.”
After not carrying the football for many years, Hill finally got comfortable during camp this offseason.
“At first it was kind of shaky because you have to get use to getting the ball and making sure the ball gets put away,” he said. “I’m still improving on that and being able to get out when the play breaks because what are you going to do with the ball then. I’m still learning it. I’m not the best yet, but I am working as hard as I can to get better every day.”
After running one time for four yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against Hawaii, Hill has a grand total of six carries for 13 yards and three touchdowns, along with three receptions for 16 yards.
“Last year I played full back a little bit in the season and he [Jim Harbaugh] liked me at the position,” Hill mentioned. “He came to me and was like ‘we are going to try you at this’ and I said ‘let’s do it.’”
As a 10-year-old, Hill played running back for a little league football team. That was the last time he was a running back on the football field.
“I was little back then,” the 6-foot-2, 263-pound senior said.