We’re just 62 days away from Penn State’s 2019 journey beginning when they take on the Idaho Vandals of the FCS’s Big Sky Conference. With those 62 days remaining, we take time out of our day to look at redshirt junior offensive lineman Michal Menet.
Menet, a native of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania is entering his fourth year on campus but just his third season of action on the field. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound offensive lineman played center for the Nittany Lions last season after being recruited to the program as an offensive guard coming out of Exeter Township High School outside of Reading (PA).
Menet originally committed to the program back in May of 2015 when he chose James Franklin’s program over others such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio State. In the end, however, it came down between the Nittany Lions and the Duke Blue Devils.
Since arriving on campus in 2016, the former five-star offensive lineman has moved around the offensive line and has gained a great deal of experience in the process. In 2019, Menet will be looked upon as a leader on the offensive, especially with the Nittany Lions losing two of their most important offensive lineman in Connor McGovern and Ryan Bates. Last season, had it’s fair share of ups-and-downs for Menet but with his experience should come a bevy of improvements in 2019.
Menet posses the size, the tools, and the strengths that could make him among the top offensive lineman in perhaps not just the Big Ten but the country. The redshirt junior has been selected to numerous preseason All Big Ten team selections. 247Sports’s Mark Brennan also selected Menet as the Nittany Lion he expects to be the most improved in 2019.
In all reality, if Penn State is going to be successful in 2019, Michal Menet will need to be on the top of his game. The Nittany Lions lost a lot of leadership this offseason especially on the offensive line and he’ll need to step up and fill that role. If the Lions want to claim their second Big Ten Championship of the James Franklin era in 2019 and look for a College Playoff berth, Menet and the offensive line will need to outplay their lesser expectations for this upcoming season.