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Michigan DT Maurice Hurst Jr. discusses U-M's defensive front and their expectations.

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst Jr. discusses U-M's defensive front and their expectations.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Due to their experience and depth, Michigan's defensive front has become a strength for the Wolverines in 2015.

 In fact, already U-M's defenders have amassed five sacks with 26 tackles for loss, as they've held opponents to 92.7 yards per game, which ranks No. 14 nationally.

 "We're becoming a pretty experienced group," Maurice Hurst Jr. sais of his fellow defensive lineman. "I mean, we've been together for three years now."

 Hurst Jr., who has six tackles and sack through U-M's first three game, explained the added expectations the defensive line has put on themselves this season.

 "We're just always competing," Hurst said of the D-lineman. "People are always challenging for a starting spot, more playing time, or trying to get on the field more. It's great to have that type of competition. Just so people don't get comfortable, keep practicing hard and getting better."

 However, when asked if he was paying attention to Michigan's defensive statistics, Hurst replied:

 "No, we really don't talk about the statistics. We're having fun out there. When we get sacks and stuff, when Taco (Charlton) got a sack, I was jumping on him like 'You took my sack.' We just get after each other. We just try to make each other better every day."

 As for himself, Hurst says he's just bring his hard working attitude to practice every day, and not worry about how much playing time he'll receive or not.

 "It's more so coming out every day," Hurst said. "It's the coaches decision, I just have to bring my effort and try to what they are telling me, take the coaching and strive to get better."

 Adding: "I have big expectations for myself with how I have been playing. I think I can play a lot better. It's mostly about all of us as a group, and getting the win ultimately."

 Michigan (2-1) plays host to No. 22 BYU (2-1) this Saturday at noon ET.

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