Idaho Linebacker Preparing for Return to Glory

Will Mannschreck, 6-2, 225 lb. linebacker from Lewiston, ID wants nothing less than a state championship for the Lewiston Senior High Bengals this coming season. Ask Will what his personal goal is, and you will hear, "To be the best linebacker and tight end I can be." This team-first approach has served Mannschreck well, as he enters the season as one of the top ranked players in the state and among the best in the Northwest.

As a sophomore, Mannschreck's team was the state runner-up, only to slip to a 4-5 mark during his junior campaign. When you are as competitive as Will Mannschreck, five losses is five losses too many. With 4.7 speed in the 40, a 265 pound bench press, and athleticism as illustrated by a 33 ½ inch vertical jump, Mannschreck is a difference maker determined to make a difference. As a linebacker, he describes himself as being "aggressive, playing ‘down-hill', always hitting hard, running fast to the ball, being a ‘thinker who at the same time plays by instinct.'"

A broken foot suffered this spring kept him from attending any summer camps. Mannschreck, however, expects to be fully recovered for his senior season, and the recruiting attention that will obviously come his way. Getting a breakdown of his favorites at this juncture, however, was difficult, as he "really hasn't thought much about it, and wouldn't be able to rank them in any kind of order." In fact, Mannschreck mentioned only one team by name, that being the Nebraska Cornhuskers - - a team he is "definitely interested in" - - having attended camp there in 2003. He is receiving regular mail from Nebraska, and says they have called his coach "quite a few times." The attention he has received thus far is flattering, and he is "looking forward to seeing where it leads." Pressed for a more solid endorsement of the Huskers (or any other team), Mannschreck would only say, "Nebraska is up there."

Grades are not a problem, as Will maintains a 3.8+ GPA, and has already received a 24 on his ACT.

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