Chris Partridge is Michigan’s linebackers and special teams coach but he’s also known as one of the top recruiters in the country. Now in his second full season at Michigan, Partridge was named National Recruiter of the Year by Scout in 2016 and by 247Sports in 2017.
But on Wednesday when he met the media inside Schembechler Hall, the former head coach at New Jersey’s Paramus Catholic High School talked about the players he currently has on the roster and not ones he’s trying to recruit.
On his three freshman linebackers:
“They’re all competing, they’re all athletic, they like to hit. They’re what we expected.”
On linebacker Devin Bush:
“Just a year of maturity. That’s a big thing. Just a year of development in the weight room. He’s a guy who works just as hard off the field as he does on the field. He really enjoys the game and all aspects of it. His ceiling is high.”
On senior linebacker Mike McCray:
“Mike came in last year and won the starting spot, but if you know his background, the prior two years he was coming off some injuries. I think last year he was feeling it out early, started gaining some confidence and became a tremendous football player for us. This year he’s coming in having that background and he’s kind of imposing himself on the other guys and on the younger guys. There’s an aura about him that’s different than it was last year.”
On freshman safety Khaleke Hudson?
“Violence. Aggression. Hammerhead. He’s a guy that just loves contact, and I think people feed off of that, too. He’s becoming very well-rounded as a player.”
Partridge also addressed special teams, obviously an area of concern with such a young and inexperienced roster.
He likes the competition level he sees when it comes to the return game.
“We’re all competing,” he said. “We’re in camp. We’ve got a bunch of guys that are competing for the spots and working hard.”
He called the competition for the kicking game “wide open.”
“They’re all going to have a chance to compete at a high level every day,” he said. “That’s going to go up until the very end. The same with the punters, the same with the return guys, the same with the snappers. Those guys are all even right now and they’re all competing.”