Nate Blenker transferred to St. John’s before last season started and the 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive lineman made an immediate impact – starting the first two games at defensive end.
Then a knee injury ended his season. But Blenker returned this spring and is back in action this fall, though in a new position.
I caught up with the 2008 Albany graduate, who played at St. Cloud State in 2009, after practice Wednesday morning.
How is the knee feeling through four practices?
“I’ve had no problems at all. It’s 100 percent. I have a brace and I may wear braces on both knees. Just because stuff can always happen when you have bodies flying all over the place. But I feel good.”
How did the rehab process go?
“It went fine. If you want things to be the way they were before, you have to put in the work. That’s the way it goes. I did a lot of one-legged stuff, leg extensions, work on my hamstrings. You just have to work your way back up doing squats, deadlifts and thinsg like that.”
How are you adjusting to the move from defensive end to defensive tackle?
“I put on a little weight to play inside. I’ve played defensive end my whole life, so moving inside is a little bit of an adjustment. I have to make more reads. At defensive end, your main worry was contain.”