Michigan's Mazi Smith flying under radar as key defensive lineman

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan linebacker Josh Ross was fielding questions during the breakout sessions at Big Ten Media Days last summer when he was asked which player might surprise fans this season.

Ross, a two-time captain, didn’t hesitate.

“Mazi Smith is going to ball out this year,” Ross said back in July. “D-tackle. Yes he is.”

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