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Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz told Rivals that "Maurice Hurst is probably the best player in the country right now regardless of position."

Michigan vs. Penn State to define Wolverines’ season; DT Maurice Hurst called ‘best player in country’

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Michigan’s season hangs in the balance Saturday

Derick Hutchinson of Click on Detroit argues that the game Saturday against Penn State will go one of two ways for the Wolverines: Either it’ll be the biggest win of the Jim Harbaugh era, or Michigan will once again miss out on a Big Ten title and the College Football Playoff.

Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst best overall player

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz told Rivals, “Maurice Hurst is probably the best player in the country regardless of position right now.”

Tim Drevno knows offense has what it takes

Michigan third-year offensive coordinator Tim Drevno knows the passing game isn’t clicking, but he’s far from defeated.

Wolverines aren’t the only team with a defense

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley gets much of the attention, and deservedly so, but the Nittany Lions also boast one of the best defenses in the country, allowing an FBS-low 9 points per game.

Carol Hutchins to make $500,000 annually

Wolverines softball coach Carol Hutchins signed a five-year deal this past summer that pays her $500,000 annually. Hutchins, 61, has led Michigan to 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2005 National Championship.

Baseball coach Erik Bakich doubles base pay

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich’s new five-year contract pays him $400,000 annually, up from $182,327 in the 2016-17 season. Bakich is 176-119 in five years at Michigan.

Media day for Michigan women’s basketball


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