How so? Well, Michigan players attended a mass led Pope Francis, toured Rome local attractions, saw the coliseum, took in an opera, among the numerous events in the week long “educational” trip led by U-M coach Jim Harbaugh.
“It’s crazy just learning a new culture, it’s been a blessing for real,” Mone said. “Not that (many people) can say they went to Rome.”
“It gets exhausting walking around, but it’s worth it though,” he added.
On Saturday, Mone along with his teammates completed their third practice in Rome and 15th and final practice of the spring. While Mone is satisfied with his srpng performance, he says he still has work to do in the weight department.
“I’ve been having a good spring,” Mone said. “The only thing I’m going to work on is trying to cut weight.
He says at the urging of defensive line coach Greg Mattison, his goal is to cut down from his current 6-foot-4, 320-pound frame to a more agile 295 to 305 range.
How does he plan to lose 20 or so pounds?
“By dieting, then I’ll be straight, ” Mone said laughing.
Still, though, Mone says he’s better physically right now than he was last year.
“I feel my strength, I feel like I am stronger and my technique is getting better,” Mone said. “I think my weakness is trying to stay consistent. That’s my biggest weakness right now is trying to stay consistent.”
And Mone says in order for him to be more consistent in 2017, it’s all about his mindset on the field.
“Just changing my mentality, I think too much,” he admits.
Also with the defense returning one starter, LB Mike McCray, and none along their defensive line, most of the leadership will need to come out of the defensive line group, says Mone.
“I’m trying, but everybody like Rashan (Gary), Mo (Hurst Jr.) and Chase (Winovich), we’re all in this together. We all pick up being the leaders.”
Adding: “The D-line is mostly the leaders on the football team. We’re just going to have to step it up and work our (butt’s) off.”
As far as depth on the defensive line, Mone says a certain sophomore is turing heads this spring.
"Michael Dwumfour he’s really good,” Mone said. “His technique, his speed, he’s not in the spring right now, but he’s doing drills with us and he looks really good.”
And since Mone competes against the offensive line every practice, he also added his thoughts on O-line standouts this spring.
“Ben Bredeson has been stepping it up,” Mone said. “Just how strong he is. And Cesar (Ruiz) too, he’s been doing really good as a center.”
Mone added more praise on Ruiz.
“The way he plays the game, you can tell he’s a vet,” he said