Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll play in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press tweeted on Thursday that Hurst was up in the air about playing in the postseason. Hurst, one of the top defensive tackles in the country this season, is still weighing his options.
Hurst will talk with his family about the decision.
Maurice Hurst says he’s not sure if he’s going to play in the bowl game. Will discuss it with his family.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 7, 2017
Michigan is slated to play South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
Hurst finished the season with 59 tackles, 13.5 stops for loss and five sacks for the Wolverines this season. He was one of the highest graded defensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.
Congratulations to the 2017 PFF All-American 1st Team Defense pic.twitter.com/77eGJzxz1p
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) December 6, 2017
Hurst doesn’t plan to make a decision to quickly and will take the time to weight the pros and cons on each side. Several of the top athletes have decided to forego bowl games to avoid injury which could alter their draft status.
Michigan’s defensive line has been regarded as one of the best in the B1G, thanks in large part to Hurst.