Maruice Hurst doesn’t fill up the box score like some of college football’s stars. But the Michigan defensive tackle is “probably the best player in the country regardless of position,” according to one analyst.
Hurst has been Pro Football Focus’ top-ranked defensive player in each of the last two weeks. Earning a 98 (of a possible 100) rating against Michigan State and a 97.4 rating against Indiana, Hurst has stood out in a big way to the scouting service.
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Hurst has 29 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble this season, but has been impressive in the middle of Michigan’s defensive line whether he gets credited with a stop or not.
“Maurice Hurst is probably the best player in the country regardless of position right now,” PFF analyst Josh Liskiewitz told Rivals. “There’s no other way to put it at this point.”
Hurst and the Michigan defense have allowed just 223.8 yards per game, the top mark in the nation. The No. 19 Wolverines will be tested Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) against No. 2 Penn State.