The Michigan defense will lose plenty of experience once the season wraps up.
Despite that, the Wolverines received a huge boost -- literally and figuratively -- for next season as defensive lineman Maurice Hurst says that he will return for his fifth year.
Hurst confirmed his intentions to stay in a post on his Instagram account on Wednesday.
During a media session with reporters, Hurst also reiterated the fact that he plans on staying in Ann Arbor for another year.
"I decided to come back for my fifth year," Hurst said. "Start my Master's degree and play another year of football... [Hurst chose to stay after] thinking it through with my family and talking to coach Harbaugh and coach Mattison, kinda just figured out that's what I wanted to do. Come back and improve on some things."
Those 'things' that Hurst needed to improve upon certainly did not come from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, as he says that he is still waiting to hear back from them. Meaning that his decision to return to U-M came before seeing where he could potentially be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
"I'm still waiting to get that back," Hurst said regarding his advisory board paperwork. "I did apply for it so I should be getting that back in a week or so."
Hurst finished the season with 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in a mostly reserve role for the Wolverines.