AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- A three-sport athlete, 2016 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack is a busy kid. Earning a varsity letter in football, basketball, and baseball during the 2012-13 school year, Mack’s final official athletic competition ended Wednesday in the sectional final of the Indiana State baseball tournament.
Still finding time to dabble in football in between his center fielding duties this spring for Luers, Mack plays for AWP Sports, a 7-on-7 team littered with other division one recruits. Over Memorial Day weekend, AWP won the Midwest Elite 7-on-7 Tournament, with Mack walking away as the MVP of the two-day competition.
“Starting off it was different,” Mack told GoBlueWolverine. “Bishop Luers is a high school environment, up tempo, and conditioning was fierce. I got used to it but I started off playing freshmen football, which was easy and domination. My coach eventually moved me up to varsity when we started to play Ohio teams.
“I think I did better than some freshmen do. The thing I liked was when I went out and played, people thought I was a junior or sophomore -- they thought I was an upper classmen. But when they heard I was a freshman, they would make a face and it was just, to me, I knew that I was making an impact.”
With 24 seniors departing from yet another Bishop Luers state championship team, including five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith who enrolls at Notre Dame this summer, Mack feels it’s his time to step-up along with the help of 2016 quarterback teammate, Noah Wezensky.
“Next year I’m going to have a big role,” said Mack. “The new coach now, me and him have already talked, and what he is doing is changing the offensive scheme around me and Noah because we have more impact on the throwing game. It’s going to be fun.”
Mack’s big play ability and superior ball skills in the air were on full display at Avondale (Mich.) high school last weekend. But the motivated youngster believes he can bring even more to the table heading into a big sophomore year.
“What I do mostly is if it’s third and long, I’m good at getting that first down or if I need to drive through some people, I’m good at getting through and getting some extra yards,” he said. “I’m good at taking hits and I’m really good at vision, knowing where I’m at on the field, and I really worked hard to perfect my routes as a freshman.
“The biggest thing I want to improve on is my releases. I feel like when I’m being pressed, or on inside coverage, my release inside isn’t as quick as what it needs to be. That’s something I really need to improve on and probably just getting bigger. On varsity football, there’s a lot of big kids so I need to be able to make that catch over the middle and take a hit.”