The Spring League named Michael Dereus South Division Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the Linemen’s victory over the Conquerors last weekend. When asked about what the award means to him, he had this to say, “All the work that we do throughout the week, is coming together. All the prep all the hard work that we set up for the game is coming to light the day of the game. You know, it’s an honor.”
Dereus spoke on his time in TSL so far, and how Coach Hal Mumme has brought the team together, “Our chemistry and team atmosphere is definitely very good. Everybody bought in day one. I came in week two, and everyone that’s come in has bought into Coach Mumme, his philosophy. We all just have one idea in mind and that’s to win, play the next play.” He went on to say that he feels like he is doing good work in TSL so far, but wants to leave the judgment of his play on the fans and the scouts.
Named First Team All-Conference at Georgetown, Michael reflects fondly over his time in college, saying “It was a great experience. Being born and raised in Boston, it was my first time being away from home. Being in a new city taught me new responsibilities. I had to put myself first. I learned a lot, I had to make my own mistakes and learn from them.”
When asked about what pushed him forward during COVID he said very simply “To get signed to a team, simple as that.”
To all the scouts’ and teams watching him, he had this to say, “You’re gonna get a really hard, resilient worker. I’m just a real blue-collar guy, all about the process. I’m a complete professional.”
-Jose M. Rodriguez III