According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Wolverine defensive tackle Maurice “Mo” Hurst will return for his final year of eligibility at the University of Michigan.
“I’ve decided I’m going to come back for my fifth year next year,” Hurst told reporters in Ann Arbor Wednesday. “I’ll pursue my Master’s degree and play another year of football. I talked with my family, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Mattison and figured out this is what I wanted to do.”
The Massachusetts native playing in 11 games in 2016, only missing the season-opener against Hawaii due to injury.
He also was named to Pro Football Focus’ College Big Ten Team of the Week after the Sept. 24 game against Penn State, where he made seven tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack on the Nittany Lions.
Hurst didn’t get heavy playing time on the Wolverines’ defensive line due to guys like Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, freshman phenom Rashan Gary, among many others that split playing time with him, but he was still able to contribute when asked to. The Massachusetts native had 31 tackles — nine and a half tackles for loss — three and a half sacks and a fumble recovery in 2016.
And with Charlton and Wormley heading to the NFL in April, Hurst will get a boost in playing time next year with players like Gary.
The Wolverines got one potential NFL draft pick back for next season. They will now await answers from Khalid Hill, Mason Cole and, of course, Heisman-finalist Jabrill Peppers.