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Khalid Hill returning to Michigan, staffer Tuioti leaving

Angelique S. Chengelis
DetroitNews-Unknown

Michigan fullback Khalid Hill has decided to return for his final season of eligibility.

A day after saying he was still weighing his options, Hill announced Thursday night on Twitter that he plans to play for the Wolverines in 2017.

“I know I said I would wait for my NFL grade to get back and then I would make my decision,” Hill wrote. “But after some deep thoughts and conversations with family and friends.. I WILL BE ROCKING THAT MAIZE AND BLUE for another year.

“I just want to be able to focus on beating FSU on Dec. 30, not focusing on if I’m going to pursue the NFL career. This decision is the best for me and my family, I thank you guys for the support.”

Defensive lineman Maurice Hurst on Wednesday told reporters he plans to return for a fifth season.

Hill said he has applied for an NFL scouting grade and that he would decide based on that.

“I’m considering it, but I’m leaning more toward coming back,” Hill said Wednesday. “Me, myself, I want to graduate.”

Hill scored 10 rushing touchdowns — he had 25 carries for 39 yards — and two receiving touchdowns.

Tuioti leaving

Tony Tuioti, Michigan’s director of player personnel this season, has been hired by Fresno State as defensive line coach, the school announced Thursday.

Tuioti came to Michigan after two seasons as defensive quality control coach for the Cleveland Browns (2014-2015).

Earlier this week, Jimmie Dougherty, who spent the past season as a Michigan offensive analyst, joined Oregon’s staff as a receivers coach.

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