Matured Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour Ready to Step Up, Set Example for Future

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Matured Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour Ready to Step Up, Set Example for Future

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Matured Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour Ready to Step Up, Set Example for Future

Throughout the first two seasons of Michael Dwumfour’s Michigan football career, he has logged five tackles, two tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks.

Now, it is time for him to step into a heavy-duty role for the Wolverines, requiring maturity and leadership.

“I knew after this past season that I had to mature on and off the field,” Dwumfour said. “I had to step up. I’m going into my third year now, and there’s a lot of young guys on the team. So I knew I had to be a good model for them to follow after. And I know my team needs me. I had to step up.”

Dwumfour is fixated on breaking into the starting lineup for the 2018 season. If his hope turns into a reality, he will replace Maurice Hurst, a former All-American defensive tackle and fifth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the recent NFL Draft.

“I don’t think you can replace somebody like Mo, what he did here,” Dwumfour said. “He’s an All-American, a Michigan great. To try and say I’m trying to replace Mo, that’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to do my job, and my job is to help this team win.”

During spring and fall camps, Dwumfour was exalted by his teammates and coaches for being one of the most improved players and a beneficial asset to the upcoming campaign.

Even though he is playing NFL Preseason football for the Raiders, Hurst remains in Dwumfour’s ear.

“He tells me certain things to do, not to do,” he said. “I’ve got a good relationship with Mo.”

Dwumfour, despite receiving tons of preseason hype, is taking everything with a grain of salt. He wants to continuously remain humble and back up the advertising on the field.

“That’s all great, that’s all hype, but that don’t mean nothing if I don’t go out there on the field and produce,” Dwumfour said. “That’s all hype. So I’ve just got to come out every day in practice and do what I’m coached to do so that come game time it’s easy.”

At 285 pounds, Dwumfour is going up against senior Lawrence Marshall for the starting spot. The two never discuss the competition around each other.

“We’re competing every day for the spot,” Dwumfour said. “Me and him are great friends and great competitors, most importantly. We make each other better. Whoever starts will start. Everybody has a job to do. You just do your job, and you’ll win.”

Dwumfour was a three-star prospect in the 2016 class from Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic. He picked Michigan over Penn State and others.

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