UM’s Rashan Gary among SI’s top breakout sophomores

The Detroit News

Michigan might be losing four NFL-bound starters on its defensive line, but Rashan Gary is coming back.

And that, Colin Becht writes, is a good thing.

Gary is on Sports Illustrated’s list of sophomores who are poised for a breakout in 2017, unveiled Thursday.

The No. 1 recruit in the 2016 class, Gary played in 13 games last season, finishing with 27 tackles, including five for loss.

“... Gary has a prime opportunity to prove he is worthy of the hype this fall,” Becht wrote. “... Now with just one starter returning from Michigan’s defense, Gary is set to start at defensive end. And with highly productive defensive tackle Maurice Hurst manning the line next to him, Gary should get plenty of chances to go one on one with an offensive tackle to get to the quarterback.”

Gary said Tuesday the goal is to team with Hurst to become the best defensive-line tandem in the country, echoing the sentiments of defensive coordinator Don Brown.

Also on the list is Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta, who had Michigan as one of his three finalists before picking the Bulldogs.