Montour (PA) fullback/linebacker Cole Macek is looking to go out in style as a senior.
Macek is the lone returning starter from a Spartan team that went 9-2 last year, advancing to the WPIAL AAA Quarterfinals.
Macek, 6-0, 230, feels there's a lot of players who got good experience last year. He hopes with that kind of experience coming back, his team can surprise some people this year.
"Our quarterback, and our linemen got some playing time last year," Macek said. "A lot of people are doubting us. I think we're going to have a great season. I think a lot of people don't realize the talent we have, a lot of kids who could have potentially started and didn't. A lot of kids who were freshmen, are stepping up as sophomores, and they're going to play well.
"Personally, I think we're going to have a great season. Our goal is to win the conference and hopefully make it to Heinz Field. I'd like to go out with a bang."
Macek said the level of competition he faces every week in the Parkway Conference prepared him well for his first combine.
It was a pretty good experience," Macek said. "I wanted to challenge myself, participate with a lot of kids who are top 15 or 20 in the state. I felt pretty good comparing myself to those kids, being able to do drills with them. I enjoyed that. It was a good time.
"There's no doubt playing the teams we do with all the Division I athletes that we play against. It definitely warms me up for the other Division I athletes coming in. I've seen the talent. I've been around it. I've played against it. It's nothing new to me."
Up next was the Pitt prospect camp. He said he saw a similar type of competition, and also got some good feedback from the Pitt coaching staff.
"I had a great time at the Pitt camp," Macek said. "I performed really well at the Pitt camp. They said they'll be watching me this year. I talked to a lot of the coaches, and hopefully that goes somewhere.
"I talked to (running backs) coach (Desmond) Robinson and (offensive coordinator Joe) Rudolph. I talked to Coach Chryst and (linebackers) coach (Chris) Haering. I talked to all four."
He got similar feedback from Temple.
"I performed well there, too," Macek said. "I got to do some drills in front of the coaches, individually. I had a good time there, too. I performed well, and hopefully that goes somewhere, too."
He will also be camping at William & Mary and Villanova later this summer.
As a junior, Macek carried the ball 92 times for 454 yards (4.9 avg) and five touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 45 yards and two more touchdowns. On defense, the finished with 37 tackles, 15 for losses.