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Little brother Bamiro has a huge role

Stony Brook lineman Michael Bamiro during offensive drills.

Stony Brook lineman Michael Bamiro during offensive drills. (Aug. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

It is difficult to imagine that 6-8, 350-pound offensive tackle Michael Bamiro once was the littlest sibling in the trio of Bamiro brothers to have attended Stony Brook University.

First came David, a 6-2 linebacker who made it to the second preseason game with the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 -- quite a feat in the years preceding a fully funded program at Stony Brook.

In 2007, Solomon Bamiro, a 6-5 basketball player, graduated from Stony Brook to the Harlem Globetrotters, where he is known as "Bam Bam."

Michael, a sophomore on the football team, snuck up on his older brothers. "He was actually smaller than us," David said. "But around 10th, 11th grade, we started wearing the same size shoe. I knew something was up at that time. He was maybe 14.

"He's by far the biggest of all of us. We used to roughhouse. Can't do that anymore; I'll get hurt. I was a tough deal to go against when I played [at Stony Brook]. Michael is even tougher. We are expecting a lot of good things out of him."

Bamiro is one huge reason why Stony Brook once again is primed to take a shot at its first NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) bid. Bamiro, a starter last year as a redshirt freshman, towers over a talented group. He wants to follow in the footsteps of his brothers and get a shot at playing professionally.

"It helps me a lot," he said of their success. "It makes it seem obtainable. Really, it's out there for me."

And he's far removed from being the youngest brother. "I was used to being the smallest in the family," he said. "Now karma has come back and I'm bigger than both of them."

Bamiro is a key part of what appears to be a can't-miss offense that will feature running backs Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski. Bamiro will help forge a path. "I think he's going to be one of our breakout players of the year," Maysonet said. "I think he's going to have a great season and I can't wait to run behind him."

Maysonet also is Bamiro's roommate. "He's so big now, his brothers live in his shadow,'' Maysonet said. "He doesn't know his own strength. Once he figures out his strength, he's going to be a big problem."

Coach Chuck Priore said of Bamiro, "I see his body changing. When he takes his shirt off, there are bumps. He is more weight room-tested. God gave him some tools his brothers would love to have had. They are tremendous athletes, don't get me wrong, but they are not 6-8. You can't coach his pure size, his hands, the length of his arms. He's got his basketball brother's athleticism. This kid is nimble on his feet. I think the world is his oyster, potentially."

Bamiro expects more of himself, saying, "I have to play more aggressive, have to have more stamina on the field. I have to continue to get stronger. Basically, everything has to increase."

Everything? For the opposition, that's a scary thought.

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