Michigan s Bryan Mone has Polynesian family ties across football

Michigan s Bryan Mone has Polynesian family ties across footballMichigan’s Bryan Mone has Polynesian family ties across football.

Updated on August 14, 2017 at 11:14 PM Posted on August 14, 2017 at 7:50 AM.

Bryan Mone not only has a cousin on the Michigan football team, but he has one in the NFL, too. And he’s bunking with Ryan Glasgow.

Bryan Mone not only has a cousin on the Michigan football team, but he has one in the NFL, too. And he’s bunking with Ryan Glasgow.( Melanie Maxwell.

ANN ARBOR — Family and football apparently run deep with Bryan Mone.

The junior defensive tackle opened preseason camp at Michigan with cousin Phillip Paea alongside him.

Meanwhile in the NFL, another cousin, Josh Tupou, is trying to land a job with the Cincinnati Bengals. And come to find out, Tupou is bunking with ex-Michigan defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow.

“My cousin, he went to Colorado and he went undrafted, (became) a free agent,” Mone said. “I guess him and Glasgow are roommates and they were talking” about the connection.

“Good luck to both of them. They’re living that dream.

Back at Michigan, Mone has his own job to worry about. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle is slotted to start opposite Maurice Hurst on a starting defensive line that could prove to be one of the best in the Big Ten.

That’s banking on everyone staying healthy of course, which has proven difficult for Mone the last two seasons.

“I’m just trying to do better than last year,” Mone said. “Really I didn’t do much last year, so I’m just trying to improve my game by playing harder.

Mone suffered a broken posterior cruciate ligament last season in the season opener against Hawaii that forced him to miss three games. When he returned, he only tallied 12 tackles, one for a loss.

That after missing all of 2015 with a broken leg.

“I was pretty frustrated,” Mone said. “Just because I put everything into it. God works in mysterious ways, I guess.

Mone insists he’s back at 100 percent and feeling reset this time around. Which is good, because 2017 could prove to be a make-or-break season for the big, athletic tackle when it comes to playing at the next level.

He has the size and ability to do it, but he needs a body of work longer than just a season to showcase it all. And he knows it, too.

“So far, so good,” Mone said. “Just working hard everyday, doing what coach asks us to do. Just trying to execute the day and have fun. That’s the main thing, is just having fun.

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