We’re officially only two months away from Penn State football hitting the field at Beaver Stadium.
In honor of two months being left on the clock until kickoff against Appalachian State, we highlight offensive lineman Michal Menet. No it’s not Michael, it is spelled Michal. Make sure you learn how to spell it.
A former five-star recruit out of Exeter Township, Menet is an intriguing offensive lineman for the Nittany Lions and could be ready to come into his own in 2018. Our own Chris Lucia even selected him as a potential breakout player for the Nittany Lions this fall.
Menet entered the program with high expectations surrounding him, especially at a time when the Lions’ offensive line was a disaster. That being said, in his first two years, Menet has seen very little playing time and has yet to make his first career start.
Instead, Menet has seen lineman from both his class and from the class after him already see more consistent playing time. The patience, however, could pay off for the Pennsylvania native this upcoming season.
The two years consisting of a redshirt season and sparse snaps in the other has allowed Menet to gain two years of valuable knowledge in the offense. The two years has also allowed the 6-foot-4, 306-pound tackle to mature both mentally and physically, giving him a great chance to be an impact player in 2018 and beyond. Overall, Menet possesses the tools and intangibles to be a great offensive lineman at the college level, he just needs the chance to put it all together and prove it on the field. It’s a chance that he may just finally get this season.
As Chris pointed out in his breakout piece, Menet has an opportunity this summer and fall to lock down the starting right guard spot. While he’ll have to win the job from a few other highly recruited offensive lineman, his experience in the offense and his phyiscal skillet could help him take the next step in becoming a game-changing offensive lineman. If he is able to take that next step, Menet could be the difference offensively for the Lions in determining their Big Ten and postseason fate in 2018. It would also help solidify an offensive line that is expected to be a major strength for Penn State for the first time in the post-sanctions era.