"They won the 3A state championship last year. On offense, they love to jam it down your throat. I'll be getting the start at middle linebacker against Parkview. Last year, I mostly played defensive end, so I spent the spring learning more about the linebacker position."
In 2010, Winget ranked among the team leaders in tackles with 30 stops for Mandeville, which finished 6-5.
"The camaraderie on last year's team was excellent, but we failed to meet our expectations," said Winget (6-2, 225). "We're going to be a force to be reckoned with this year - a team that's not to be messed with.
"Our offense should make us a top contender and our defense is coming along, too. We have a dominant QB in Matt Bergeron. I'm going play fullback this year. We have a new package the coaches put in for me that includes 10 to 15 plays."
"I hope to stay close to home for college," he said.
The rising junior squats 395 pounds and cleans 245 pounds. He's been training all summer alongside St. Paul's players.
"That's a little unusual," said Winget. "They're a big district rival of ours. I've been working out at the same facility as most of their players, and we all get in there and see who can lift the most weight."
Winget and his teammates will attempt to avenge last year's loss to St. Paul's in week five. The game will be on the Wolves' home turf in Covington.