2017 Season Countdown: #23 Michael Dwumfour

2017 Season Countdown: #23 Michael Dwumfour


August 11, 2017

Michael Dwumfour (image via Scout)

Name: Michael Dwumfour
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 300 lbs.
High school: Wayne (NJ) DePaul Catholic
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #50
Last year: I ranked Dwumfour #97 and said he would redshirt. He played in two games, making 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.
TTB Rating: 69

Dwumfour entered college in 2016 looking like he needed to reshape his body a little bit and add some weight. He was listed at 286 lbs., which is on the lighter side for a defensive tackle, but he was a little soft in the middle. The coaching staff liked him enough to play him early, but he didn’t see any time beyond the Penn State game in late September.

Now Dwumfour has shot up the charts – at least the countdown chart – because of the dearth of defensive tackles. Starters Maurice Hurst, Jr. and Bryan Mone look to be solid to very good, but after that, Michigan is counting on Dwumfour and freshman Aubrey Solomon, among others, to contribute. Dwumfour missed a big chunk of the spring with shoulder problems, enough that the coaching staff bumped weakside end Ron Johnson all the way down to 3-tech. Johnson is back to playing end, but the Wolverines need Dwumfour healthy to eat some snaps at a physically demanding position. He has earned some hype for his performance when healthy, but as the undersized Hurst’s primary backup, Michigan could have some serious depth issues if they start to get dinged up inside.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

3 comments

  1. Comments: 407
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    je93
    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Why did I think he was bigger?

    We’d all better have our fingers crossed that Mone can make it through the year

  2. JC
    Comments: 107
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Aug 11, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Love the spot. I have him a few spots lower, but I can see the argument made. I feel Gary and Hurst will slide inside for obvious passing downs, and have Winovich and Furbush as DEs. Haven’t seen anything to suggest that yet, just have a feeling. Dwumfor will be needed to spell Hurst more if this is the case. We’ll see!

    I also love Dwumfor’s box jumps. I think his first step and explosiveness are going to make him into a pretty damn good DT in the coming years.

    WE’RE ALMOST THERE. 3 WEEKS AND 1 DAY LEFT, BOYS.

  3. Comments: 2772
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Lanknows
    Aug 11, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    I think the argument against Dwumfour being this high is that we have a loaded class of DL and they are only 1 year behind him. But I agree with the rank more or less (I had him at 29) because one way or another (NT or DT) he seems likely to get significant snaps.

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