Michigan defensive tackle Bryan Mone had his 2015 season stolen due to injury. Now back and healthy, Mone views 2016 as a blessing.

Michigan defensive tackle Bryan Mone had his 2015 season stolen due to injury. Now back and healthy, Mone views 2016 as a blessing.

Bryan Mone is back.

For such a massive young man at 6-foot-4, 310-pounds, Mone's soft voice and big smile make it seem as though aggression could be lacking.

But as is the case with most football players, Mone's personality on the field is much stronger.

After losing the 2015 season at Michigan due to an ankle injury suffered in fall camp last August, Mone feels more than ready to make an impact in 2016.

"One thing that my injury taught me is just to be thankful," Mone said Friday. "Thankful that I get to play this sport because there's people that can't walk. I'm just grateful to play football."

With depth all the way across the defensive line dating back to last year, Mone tries not to think about the impact he could've had for the 10-3 Wolverines last fall.

Instead his focus lies with this season, this time around, this opportunity to be on a defensive line in which Greg Mattison says comes in two waves.

Still with two weeks before the season opener against Hawaii on Sept. 3, Mone is just enjoying the grind.

"Camps been fun," Mone said. "Getting to spend time with the boys, playing football. 

"It's crazy cause usually different teams do other activities but we just wake up, come down to Schembechler and practice. That's fun, fun to spend time with the boys."


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