Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Menard Steps in to Lead TA Offense

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Menard Steps in to Lead TA Offense

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Austin Menard, who played on three championship teams in a year, has room for more rings.

He won two in football and baseball as a Tuscaloosa Academy junior and expects to get another after playing for Tuscaloosa Baseball, which took the title in a national AAU tournament.

Now that he's a senior, Menard will start at quarterback Friday, when the Knights open the season against Lee-Scott Academy. He'll also start at cornerback and do all the kicking.

"I'm going to work like I worked when (Jonathan) Plott was our starting quarterback," Menard said. "There was always the competition with me and him. Now, with Keonte (Chambers) involved, there is still competition, so I can never slack up or anything. We push each other to make each other better.

"I'm really excited about this year. We've got a lot of new guys, but they show great potential. Our line looks very, very good. They've got a chip on their shoulder because they've got to live up to last year's line. I think they can definitely do that if they just work at it."

All-State selection Terrell Bush and Kwuan Whitfield are returning starters on the line. Torrence Brown, who missed most of the season with a knee injury, is back and can play wide receiver, tight end or running back.

"He's worked so hard to get himself back in shape," Menard said. "He was always pushing himself and pushing himself, and every college sees great potential in him. He's a great target to throw to. And we have Trayshon Foster at the right split end and Harrison Standeffer at the left split end."

Menard said he plans to be a runner and passer.

"My overall speed is not that great, but I think I inherited some quickness from my brother (Christian) to make people miss," he said.

Menard and his teammates edged Lee-Scott Academy 27-26 to complete a 13-0 season and win the school's first AISA Class AAA football title. In the spring, he was an All-State pitcher with a 10- 0 record. Tuscaloosa Academy took the baseball title by winning two of three games against Lee-Scott Academy. Menard pitched eight innings to get the win in the first game.

"We had a great senior class last year," Menard said. …

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