While Michigan waits to hear its bowl game destination, fifth-year senior defensive lineman Maurice Hurst accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Hurst, a potential NFL first round draft pick at 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, started all 12 games in the regular season. He tallied 59 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He joins fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray as the second Wolverine to accept his invite to the Senior Bowl.
"Hurst is one of the nation's most disruptive players and an exciting player to watch,” said Patrick Woo, Scouting Coordinator for the Reese’s Bowl. “However, he doesn't come without deficiencies. His size and strength will be questioned through the spring. He understands the opportunity the Reese's Senior Bowl provides for him to compete to the best of his ability against the best on the field and connect with all 32 teams and decision makers off the field. It's a chance to answer so many questions and build momentum into the draft process. It's also an honor to become a part of the rich history and fraternity of those that have come through Mobile on their way to NFL success."
With the addition of Hurst, Michigan has had 76 players given the invitation and opportunity to compete in the Reese’s Senior Bowl since it began in 1950. There are three days of practice before the Senior Bowl with NFL scouts in attendance. Those three days of practice, and the Senior Bowl itself, are the last chances for players to showcase their abilities before the NFL Combine in late February and early March.
The Senior Bowl is held on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Alabama and is televised on NFL Network.