However Menard is just not prepared to surrender his athletic profession simply but. The standout defensive finish suffered a torn ACL in his knee in follow earlier this month and his surgical procedure Friday, Aug. 25, was termed profitable, he stated.
He performed as a real freshman in 2014, which means he might return subsequent yr after redshirting this season. There seems to be little question to his plan.
“For positive, I am going to undoubtedly be again,” Menard stated. “The one factor I can take into consideration proper now’s serving to the younger guys out and get myself higher on the similar time.”
A type of younger guys, defensive finish Spencer Waege (pronounced Approach-gee), will play as a real freshman. He is the one member of that class who will not be redshirted and can play within the season opener Saturday afternoon, Sept. 2, towards Mississippi Valley State at Gate Metropolis Financial institution Area on the Fargodome.
“It is exhausting to explain in phrases,” stated Waege, from Watertown, S.D. “I am nervous and excited all on the similar time. I am simply excited to get the prospect.”
It is uncertain he would have acquired the prospect this yr if Menard hadn’t gotten harm. It was a non-contact damage—he was turning the nook on a move rush when his leg gave out.
“It was type of a freak accident,” Menard stated. “I used to be fairly bummed out. It all the time sucks as a result of it is your senior yr, your final go-round. You consider all of the exercises, simply placing your thoughts to it and on the brink of go. However after a while, you look and assume it might have been worse. I might have misplaced a senior season.”
The 6-foot-four, 245-pound Waege has the size and athleticism Bison coaches like in a defensive lineman. He was the primary verbal dedication of the 2017 recruiting class and mockingly would be the first to play.
He had 5.5 quarterback sacks his senior yr of highschool. In a testomony to his quickness, he blocked 4 punts, recovering one for a landing.
“We’re enthusiastic about his progress and potential,” stated head coach Chris Klieman. “We’ll play him within the first recreation, get his ft moist and see how rather more he can develop and proceed to assist us. Whether or not meaning 10 performs or 25 performs via non-convention, he wants recreation expertise.”
In the meantime, Menard will go the best way of defensive deal with Nate Tanguay in making his means again from ACL surgical procedure. Tanguay harm his towards the top of final season and is absolutely recovered to play.
“He is giving me recommendation on the way to go about it,” Menard stated.
The desk was set for a standout senior yr. Menard was certainly one of 21 gamers named to the “watch record” for the Buck Buchanan…