Monster Matt Updates His Status

Going into last season, starting offensive guard Matt Meinrod had a lot to be optimistic about. The 6-foot-4 and 295 pound standout was the Seminoles most consistent lineman and he won pound-for-pound strength title after benching 485 pounds, lifting a school-record 431 pounds in the hang clean, and squatting 580 pounds. That all ended on the first game of the year with a season ending injury.

Matt Meinrod, who injured his knee in the season opener against the Miami Hurricanes, missed the rest of season with a torn ACL. He also sustained a grade two MCL sprain.  Since the injury, he has been working very hard to get back into the starting lineup in time to face the Hurricanes again on September 5th.
 
"A month ago my knee was 90%," Meinrod said.  "I'm actually getting tested on the biodex later today to check my progress."
 
The former Tarpon Springs (East Lake) standout will participate in spring practices with limited contact.
 
"As far as spring, they will hold me out of all of the scrimmages on Saturday," he said.  "But, I will be able to do all the drills and learn the new system during the week.  I will be doing light contact like thud but nothing like cutting or going a 110%."
 
Like some of the other lineman that The Territory has interviewed, Meinrod is also very impressed with new offensive line coach Mark McHale.
 
"I love him," he said.  "We have been meeting with him since he has arrived in January and he gets you excited about playing football.  It will be February and I'm so pumped up.  He's such a great motivator.  He talks about the little things.  Before with the other coach, it was more about the big picture and trying to get the big concept down.  Coach McHale goes into detail and he teaches you the game.  A lot of guys didn't now much about football until he got here which is surprising.  We have learned a lot already."
 
What are Coach McHale's expectations for Monster Matt?
 
"He wants me at right guard since we are going away for slit and tight stuff," he said.  This spring he's looking for me to be a leader since I won't be doing a whole lot of stuff.  He's wants me to step up and be the player he knows that I can be."
 
This fall Meinrod will battle Sophomore Jacky Claude for the starting right guard spot.

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