Michigan DT Maurice Hurst Jr. returning to school

The Michigan Wolverines will have a veteran presence returning to the trenches in 2017.

On Wednesday, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. announced he would be returning to the university for a fifth-year of eligibility.

Hurst made his announcement with a message on social media. “After considering leaving for the NFL Draft this year, I am excited to announce that I am returning to the University of MIchigan for my fifth-year. Go Blue,” Hurst wrote.

Coming Back!! pic.twitter.com/4Udq51dAyT

— Maurice Hurst Jr (@mohurstjr) December 21, 2016

In 2016, Hurst recorded 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has to be pleased with the news as Michigan looks to field another impressive defense next season.

In the meantime, No. 6 Michigan is preparing for its Orange Bowl matchup against No. 10 Florida State on Friday, Dec. 30. Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is set for 8 p.m. ET.

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