7th: Big Ten (4th East Division)
27th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: The Wolverines basically beat who they were supposed to beat but could not win against heavyweights of Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State or Wisconsin and also lost the Outback Bowl to South Carolina to finish 8-5 overall.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: DE Maurice Hurst wrecked havoc wreaking on opposing defenses with 14.5 tackles for loss. The All-Big 10 performer also set a career high in tackles with 59 last year. A heart condition caused some concern in the NFL Draft so he fell to the fifth round and was selected by the Oakland Raiders. While his presence will be missed, the Wolverines do have Rashan Gary back on the other defensive end side so his loss will not be felt as greatly as it could be.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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