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      Ishpeming native Lehmann ready for bigger role with NMU Football

      A former Upper Peninsula High School Dream team football player is looking to have a bigger impact with the N.M.U. Wildcats this fall.Jake Lehmann, graduate of Ishpeming High School, had his prep career end during a playoff game against Rogers City. Lehmann picked up a first down on the option, but he broke his leg when he was tackled.

      Lehmann has played sparingly with the Wildcats for two seasons, recording five tackles and recovering a fumble.

      This spring he says he's ready to step-up. "Everything is good, healthy, ready to get ready for the season and ready to put a lot of good work in. We're looking good as a team," said the Hematite alum. "Not a lot new going in, just trying to get comfortable in our defense and get everyone healthy."Lehmann was a Dream Team defensive back in 2006. The Wildcats spring game is Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. in the Superior Dome.

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