Three named as captains for Michigan’s 2019 team
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines have made their choice on team leaders for the upcoming season, selecting offensive lineman Ben Bredeson, defensive lineman Carlo Kemp and linebacker Khaleke Hudson as captains.

Starting since his true freshman year, Bredeson has played in 37 career games, including 33 starts. Playing at the left guard position, he was named second-team All-Big Ten in each of the last two seasons, receiving that honor from both the coaches and media. He was tabbed as Michigan’s toughest player in the program’s annual post-season awards last year.

While Bredeson has only played at one spot, Kemp has had more of an interesting journey in finding his way. Initially recruited to play defensive end, he enrolled early and briefly flirted with the linebacker position in his first spring, moving down to the line by fall. After seeing limited action at defensive end his first two years, he finally found his opportunity to break out, starting at defensive tackle last fall. Making 17 tackles on the season, he was named the team’s most improved player.

Kemp and Bredeson have each earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in their time at Michigan, with Kemp claiming that honor twice and Bredeson once.

Hudson first made his big mark on the defense in 2017, taking over at Viper linebacker for Jabrill Peppers, who had held that role the year before. With those big shoes to fill, he stepped up with an 83-tackle season, making 18.5 stops for a loss and earning third-team All-Big Ten recognition from the coaches. Last season, he earned honorable mention recognition from both the media and coaches after making 44 tackles.
 
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