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Maurice Hurst discusses his bond with Rashan Gary

This could be the start of something special

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Maurice Hurst, who has become a pre-season favorite for some significant awards, including the Outland Trophy, and Nagursky Award, appeared at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday. During his Q&A session Hurst talked about the chemistry that has developed between he and defensive lineman Rashan Gary.

Maurice Hurst and Gary will be a big part of Michigan’s defensive success this season, and according to the defensive lineman, the duo are good friends who are building a genuinely good chemistry on and off the field. “Me and Rashan do everything together. We lift together, run together, all of that. We spend all of our time together. That’s how it’s going to be during the season.” Hurst said. “We’re right next to each other, three technique and anchor.”

One may think the two are working together because they have to, but the underlying factor is they enjoy each other’s competitiveness and determination. “I love working with Rashan, he pushes me, I push him. It’s a great relationship that we have.” Hurst said.

Hurst said that Gary is kind of a leader by default, that’s who he is, so although Gary is just a sophomore, he has a swagger and aura about him that makes him a voice that is listened to and respect in the locker room. With that said, Gary can still lean on a player like Hurst who is older. “Being the older guy I am able to help him out a little bit more and give him any advice he needs if he ever needs anything, I’m going to be there for him. It’s great to see him and the kind of leader he’s going to be, the player he’s going to be this year.” Hurst said.

Hurst sounds excited to be improving his physique and on-field play along Gary, and that should make Michigan fans excited too as the season rapidly approaches.