Freshman Bryan Mone, DT
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Height/Weight: 6'2, 315
Three Things To Know About Bryan
1. To begin with, if you haven't read this profile on Mone that was written last August, drop everything and do it now. It is a wonderful portrait of Mone as a brother and a member of a family dealing with the struggles of raising and caring for a disabled son.
"He's the head of the family," Bryan said, dangling a piece of cantaloupe by his brother's mouth. "He runs things around here."
Bryan's brother, Filimone Mone, is 22 years old. He never has been able to feed himself. He wears a diaper, which often is Bryan's responsibility to change. He very nearly is blind, only capable of seeing bright lights. He can't recognize his family members. He can't watch a football game.
Filimone never has been able to say "thank you" to Bryan. He doesn't have to, because Bryan is the one who is grateful.
The teen tells him as much every day with his actions when he cleans, feeds and watches over Filimone: Thank you for my life. Thank you for giving me football. Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a man.
Seriously, you need to read this article.
2. There is probably a good reason why Bryan is as big as he is. Maybe it is the home cooking, which Brady Hoke got to sample on a visit to the Mones' house.
Coach Hoke had a nice feast with the Mone family last night for his in-home visit. pic.twitter.com/DaKu7m8S0q— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) December 4, 2013
3. He is expanding our vocabulary here at Maize n Brew: