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Michigan DT Maurice Hurst: “I think I want to stay for a fifth year”

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Instead of turning to the NFL, Maurice Hurst is leaning towards returning as a fifth-year senior.

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Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is leaning towards returning to play for the Wolverines as a fifth-year senior, instead of pursuing a career in the National Football League.

The Wolverines play Indiana on Saturday, which could be Hurst’s final game at Michigan Stadium.

“I mean, yeah,” he said to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, that’s something I have to talk about with my family and just make that decision towards the end of the year.

“I mean, I’m just worried about winning the game at this point. Not really concerned about myself.”

While Saturday could be his last game at Michigan Stadium, Hurst said he is leaning towards returning to Michigan next season.

“I think I want to stay for a fifth year and pursue a master's degree,” Hurst said. “I think that’s something that would be a little bit heavier sway towards.

“I just love playing here. It’s been everything I’ve imagined, especially this past two years of winning so many games. Just the atmosphere and everything on campus has been great. The coaches are great, and they’ve done a great job of helping improve players. That’s something that I’ve noticed. I’ve been able to get a lot better under them.”

Hurst has earned 28 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks across nine games this season.