Venable's Ready for 2010

Catholic-Baton Rouge junior defensive end Grant Venable played a key role in his team's run to the 5A semifinals last fall.

Catholic-Baton Rouge junior defensive end Grant Venable played a key role in his team's run to the 5A semifinals last fall.  An all-district performer, Venable plays with his hand on the ground at defensive end for the Bears, but he projects as a linebacker on the next level.

 

"We had a really good season last year," said Venable, who is receiving early interest from the University of South Alabama, among other schools.  "I enjoyed playing on a good team and I can't wait for next year."

 

The Bears, with the likes of Venable and blue-chip quarterback Zack Oliver returning this fall, could be poised for another deep run in the playoffs.  

 

A total of nine starters return for Catholic, which went 8-2 in the regular season last year.  The Bears actually finished second in district to rival Central High School.  In fact, the Bears were defeated 60-21 by Central during the regular season.  However, that loss served as a rallying point for Catholic, which reeled off eight straight victories after the loss to Central.

 

Venable, already a two-year starter, anchored a defense that held foes to eight-or-fewer points in six regular season games.  In the playoffs, Catholic, a No. 11 seed, upset No. 3 Acadiana in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion West Monroe in the semis.

 

At 6-foot-0, 220 pounds, Venable fully expects to make the move to linebacker on the next level, and he definitely has the speed to do it.  He's been clocked in the 4.65 to 4.69 range in the 40-yard dash.  Moreover, Venable ran the 200 meter dash as a sophomore for Catholic's junior varsity track team, even finishing second in a track meet at Episcopal High School.

 

Venable, who currently benches 250 pounds and squats 450 pounds, says his favorites include Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese St., and South Alabama. 


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