by Mark Clements
|Grant Venable (#38) – photo by Denis Bertrand|
November 1, 2010 – A staple for the Catholic High football program over the years has been its stout defense.
Leading the way in hopes of continuing that custom is defensive end, Grant Venable.
The 5’11”, 220-pound senior not only starts as a D-end for the Bears, but also make sin appearance on the other side of the ball, coming in as a fullback on goal line situations.
Running a 4.66 forty, benching 270, squatting 505 and power cleaning 275, the two sport athlete uses his strength to throw the discus for the track team.
Venable said he loves watching New Orleans Saints football, but said he mirrors his game after Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.“He’s probably the one person I like the most in the NFL,” Venable said. “He loves the game, and you can tell that he loves the game. The way he has control on the field, I really notice that and the way he leads the team. I like that about him.” Venable must play like the Bear great as well. He was one of a select players to receive an invitation to a Nike/ESPN football camp last summer.
Looking to bring his skills to the next level, Venable named four schools that are currently on his radar – Nicholls, Southeastern, McNeese and South Alabama.
Venable also said Nicholls and Southeastern top his list. He visited Nicholls’ campus last weekend and left with nothing but good things to say.
“I went down to Nicholls last weekend and I watched them play Central Arkansas,” Venable said. “I really enjoyed their campus and their atmosphere and it just seemed like a really nice place to be. I got to talk to coach Anderson and he’s a really really nice guy and I know a few guys on the team all ready and I really enjoyed the atmosphere down there.”
But the finishing off this season strongly is the top priority for Venable. His favorite game of the year came in a 13-29 loss against his hometown Central High School.
Venable said he hopes to get one more crack at his local foes in the playoffs.
“I’m from Central so all my buds got on me when I went to Catholic my freshman year,” Venable said. “And we haven’t beat them since I’ve been playing varsity. That Central game is one I’ve been looking forward to and I hope we play them in the playoffs again.”