#24 Michigan Wolverines v #5 Wisconsin Badgers
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 12:00 p.m. ET
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, WI
Michigan Wolverines (10) – Wisconsin Badgers (24)
Michigan’s Mo Hurst is continuing to trend upwards
Hurst Jr. is thriving in his first season as a starter with the Wolverines. It’s just in time for his final push before taking the next step into the pros, and Mo is making the absolute most of the opportunity.
Hurst logged a half a sack and a full tackle for loss against the Badgers, which was his sixth and eighth consecutive games respectively putting a number in each of those stat sheets. Hurst now sits with career highs in tackles (54), sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (13.0) on the season.
On the field, Hurst continues to show winning traits. There were numerous occasions against Wisconsin, which is one of the better offensive lines in college football, where Hurst was able to explode off the ball and blow up the mesh point on backfield runs. That disruptive nature is the core of what makes Hurst such an appealing prospect and although he may not meet all traditional size prototypes, it shouldn’t hinder such a strong on the field resume.
Hurst entered the season as one of the top interior defensive linemen and has only helped his status in 2017.
Don’t sleep on Badgers EDGE Garret Dooley
Dooley is another defender from this contest who has set career highs this season. Dooley now sits at 6.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss after being a rotational player for much of the past few seasons with Wisconsin.
The Badgers have a notable lineage of recent EDGE defenders and Dooley fits the same mold.
While not the same dynamic athlete as 2017 first round pick TJ Watt, Dooley has a favorable size profile and has a great grasp of utilizing his hands to keep his body clean and pursue the football. Dooley has an early sack in this contest and showed a likable acceleration to greet the passer in the pocket and deliver a big hit.
Dooley is a comparable player to fellow Badger and current Green Bay Packer Vince Biegel.
Wisconsin LB TJ Edwards is a team leader, but I’m not sold on his pro prospects yet
Edwards is second on the team in tackles, second in tackles for loss, tied for first in interceptions (4) and tied for first in fumble recoveries. A team leader who very clearly has a good head on his shoulders, Edwards has developed some fanfare throughout the 2017 season.
I’m not quite ready to pound the table on him yet, though. A redshirt junior, Edwards still has another year of eligibility but could turn his eye to the NFL. I didn’t see great looseness or range from Edwards against the Wolverines, so I’m looking forward to flipping on the Badgers against a more open offense and trying to navigate his tape.