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Khaleke Hudson, Josh Uche make 2019 Dick Butkus Award watch list

Two senior versatile Wolverine defenders make the watch list for the nation’s best linebacker.

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College football award watch list SZN continues, as Wolverine seniors Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche made the watch list for the Dick Butkus Award for the nation’s best linebacker.

Hudson is coming off a down year, at least in a statistical sense. After missing four quarters of games due to targeting penalties, Hudson finished the 2018 season with 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Meanwhile, Uche had a breakout campaign in 2018. Playing in 12 games, he compiled only 15 tackles, but eight of those tackles were for a loss. He also had seven sacks. He

We already know Hudson will be a huge part of Michigan’s defense for the third straight season, but Uche should also be a vital part in 2019. Uche was essentially a pass-rush specialist last season, coming into the game on third downs. One would imagine he would have more responsibilities this year than rushing after the quarterback.

You can see the full list here.