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Mason Cole To Return In 2017

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NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Fullback Khalid Hill and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst have already announced they will return to the University of Michigan for one final season.

Center Mason Cole will also remain a Wolverine, after telling reporters Wednesday he will be returning for his senior year.

Cole, who started all 12 games at center for Michigan, was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2016. He never played the center position for Michigan until this season. He played at left tackle for his first 25 games as a Wolverine.

Four-star Michigan commit Cesar Ruiz, who is the nation’s top center recruit for the 2017 class, will now be able to learn from Cole and gain valuable experience for when he gets a shot to start at center in 2018.

The Wolverines will probably still have to wait a little while to find out if star linebacker Jabrill Peppers will return to Michigan or head to the NFL. Whatever happens, Cole returning to Ann Arbor gives a huge boost to a young offensive line, especially with Kyle Kalis, Ben Braden and Erik Magnuson all graduating.