Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas is adjusting to new defensive coordinator Don Brown, notes his responsibilities are similar.

Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas is adjusting to new defensive coordinator Don Brown, notes his responsibilities are similar.

Just a few years ago Dymonte Thomas was looking for a position.

Toying around with stints all over the defense, Thomas settled in last season with an increasing role at safety. 

Now in 2016, Thomas appears destined to start alongside Delano Hill as the last line of defense for Michigan Wolverines.

"We're all still competing for our jobs," Thomas said. "Every job is open right now with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, the way we play. 

"The young guys are doing well, pushing us to get better and better helping Delano and I step up our game."

This season the Wolverines will take the field with a new man in charge of guiding the defense as Don Brown steps in as defensive coordinator.

After spending just one season under the direction of D.J. Durkin, Thomas says the adjustment has been relatively seamless. 

"It's really just the same," he said. "Man is man, zone is zone so it's pretty much the same. Just a few tweaks here and there but it just allows us to play fast and have fun."

Under Durkin, zone didn't exist. Although Thomas couldn't go into detail, the Ohio native acknowledged the word zone at the very least exists under Brown.

As all coaches come to be known for their style and identity, zone doesn't appear to be exactly what Brown is all about.

"We'll blitz no matter where we're at on the field and what down it is, which is really awesome because when you blitz like that you get an opportunity to get your hands on the ball," Thomas said. 

"Coach Brown's not scared to pressure a quarterback and put pressure throughout the game. The quarterback is eventually going to get tired and throw the ball up."

While the Wolverines will look to create mayhem for opposing teams this fall, Thomas says Michigan's offense is handling things just fine.

"Our offense is pretty steady and calm," he said. "Our quarterbacks handle everything really well. The line is doing a great job picking up our blitzes. 

"Today they were picking up all our blitzes. They know when we're blitzing, they call out our blitzes so it's really funny."


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