ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Becoming an everyday player didn’t come as easy as expected for Dymonte Thomas.
Rated a five-star prospect coming out of Alliance (Ohio) Marlington high school, Thomas needed to find a position first before he could excel on the field.
And so, it took patience.
In high school, Thomas lined up at linebacker. However, when he first came to Michigan, he started off at cornerback, then back to linebacker, then nickel and finally started to focus on safety in his junior season as a Wolverine.
“And safety has been my love. That’s been my favorite position so far,” Thomas said.
“I feel way comfortable at safety. I wouldn’t say it’s a lot easier. But I kind of feel like I can make the commands and the checks, and it allows me to play loose and have fun.”
As a junior, Thomas totaled 24 tackles, including 17 solo tackles, and seven pass break ups in his first year as a primary player.
“When you can focus on one job, you can really learn it,” Thomas said. “And you can really excel in it and do the best you can. And when you focus on one spot you can really see the weakness and strength that you have in that spot, rather than focusing on too many.”
Adding: “It’s a true blessing. Just stay patient and just wait for your time to come. One thing that (Jehu Chesson) has told me, is study your playbook cause you never know when your time is going to come.”
Now a senior, Thomas’ time is now.
“It’s exciting,” Thomas said. “After two years I thought I was going to play a lot. And I didn’t. I was upset or anything. I mean, I still had a lot of special team time, which is fun. It’s great being around the guys and everything. But the last two years have really been a blast. You really have fun when you’re out there playing with your teammates and everything during the game in front of our fans.”
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