The All-American Menard acquired his rematch, however he can be watching from the sidelines. He suffered a season-ending knee damage within the first week of fall camp in August.
“All offseason all I considered was James Madison,” stated Menard, who took his redshirt this season and can return subsequent yr for the Bison.
The Bison (thirteen-1) and the Dukes (14-zero) are scheduled to play at eleven a.m. Saturday, Jan.6, at Toyota Stadium for the nationwide championship. NDSU is making an attempt to win its sixth FCS crown in seven years, whereas James Madison is making an attempt to repeat as nationwide champions.
“It is a bit of totally different understanding you are not going to play and seeing everybody else prepare mentally to play,” Menard stated. “It has been actually dangerous, this entire winter camp that we have been working. Day-after-day I type of take into consideration ‘Man, I want I might go on the market.’ I am sort of attending to the purpose the place I really feel like ‘Perhaps I might,’ however then I begin remembering, ‘No, I can not but.’ “
That is the third time the Bison have performed for the nationwide championship since Menard joined this system. He performed as a real freshman in 2014, a season that ended with a 29-27 victory towards Illinois State for the FCS title.
The 6-foot-2, 241-pound Menard was in sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt when the Bison arrived on the group lodge in Frisco early Wednesday afternoon, Jan. three.
“Once I was a freshman, I used to be on the brink of play, however lots of my classmates weren’t so now I sort of obtained the opposite finish of that have,” Menard stated.
James Madison earned a 27-17 victory towards the Bison within the FCS semifinals final season, ending NDSU’s report-setting nationwide championship streak. Menard was on the sector for that loss, ending with 5 tackles and a half sack.
Menard might be on the sector Saturday, however it will not be in pads and a helmet.
“It is robust, however I think about (my group),” Menard stated.
Menard stated restoration for his knee damage is progressing.
“I am fairly good,” Menard stated. “I can do plenty of sprinting, I am beginning to do lots of aspect-to-aspect movement and stuff like that. I really feel prefer it’s coming alongside rather well.”
Menard has talked with each senior linebacker Nick DeLuca and senior defensive Nate Tanguay about coping with season-ended accidents. Each DeLuca and Tanguay obtained injured final fall and missed a part of the common season and the complete playoffs.
Their message to Menard is to make use of the damage as motivation and are available again robust subsequent season.
“That is what I have been making an attempt to do,” Menard stated. “Within the weight room,…