Brzezinski Big Target at Amherst

Senior Austin Brzezinski has played wide receiver, tight end and running back in Amherst's spread offensive attack.

Austin Brzezinski has added two inches and nearly 40 pounds to his frame since he was a sophomore, which has allowed him to reach new heights as a receiver and a blocker.

The Amherst High School senior standout is hoping it also translates into even better production and more interest from topnotch college programs.

Brzezinski led the Central Wisconsin Conference in receiving yards and in touchdown catches, including a 95-yard scoring play in a 61-14 victory against Plainfield.

Still, the 6-foot-4-inch, 205-pounder said he's always looking to make improvements.

"I love blocking and catching passes," Brzezinski said. "I've played running back, tight end and wide receiver and enjoy playing them all. I started playing tight end late last season, so I've worked to increase my speed and emphasized getting better as a blocker. Playing in the spread offense for three years now, my knowledge of the game has really gone up."

And that increased versatility will only help his prospects at the next level, something recruiters from several potential destinations are no doubt keeping a keen eye on.

Brzezinski has received letters and/or calls from such schools as Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota State, Winona State and Minnesota-Moorhead, with most looking at him as a tight end.

"I know that Wisconsin has contacted Coach (Brian) Toelle a couple of times, but I'm going to wait it out until the end of the season," Brzezinski said. "We're sending films to all of the places that have been keeping an eye on me. I would like to play Division I, but I would go to the right D-2 program."

In the meantime, Brzezinski, who is eyeing business or agriculture as a course of study, said he'll keep plugging away until the right opportunity presents itself.

"I'm going to keep working hard because I know I need to have a good day every game," Brzezinski said. "All of this recruiting stuff isn't tough on me. I like having the pressure on me, so it doesn't bother me at all."

It's that kind of attitude that should help Brzezinski and the Falcons to break their seven-year playoff drought and earn him attention and hopefully offers from at least several schools.


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