On Wednesday, Maurice Hurst Jr. confirmed that was coming back for his fifth-year at Michigan. And with the move, he instantly stabilizes a unit that will lose all four of its starters from 2016.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, who started in front of Hurst on the inside, gave high praise to his teammate for staying in school.
“They keep a leader, they keep a guy who has played a ton of football here, a very good football player,” Glasgow said of Hurst.
“And a guy who has the ability to break games open on the defensive line. He’s the going to be the ‘guy’ I want to say on defense. If he puts in another good off-season of work, another good cap of spring ball together, the sky is the limit for Mo.”
In 11 games played this season, Hurst has compiled 31 tackles, with 3.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. However, he’s more than just a stat sheet performer, Glasgow added, noting Hurst’s other skills he brings to the defensive front.
“He gives the defense a guy who can change the game from the D-line,” Glasgow said. “A guy that can take it over I can say. I mean, Mo is an unbelievable football player. He’s like instant production type deal. He can get a sack, (tackle for loss) whenever, make tackles, muddle up the middle in the run game, get after it in the pass game. So I think he changes the defensive dynamic and gives the defensive line a leader.”
After watching what he called “youth on youth drills,” Glasgow pointed out two certain freshman lineman, calling their competiton an "epic" performance in practice.
“Rashan (Gary) and Big Mike (Onwenu) went against each other in a one-on-one in a run-play deal, it was epic I guess for lack of a better word,” Glasgow said. “But yea those guys are physically (and) mentally ahead of the game than I feel like a lot of 18 year olds across the country right now.”