New Faces Emerge This Spring for Saints Football


Massimo Menna, a former player and now tight end and H-back assistant coach, said he is excited to finally have a normal spring season.

Menna is finally able to see every player get their reps in. Menna, as a player last year, was able to experience a partial spring season. Menna said the Saints are currently installing the playbooks for the fall. This is so when the players move back in, they will be right in rhythm come fall.

In spring ball, there are a lot of position groups that are very competitive, especially the quarterback position.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Nik Martin is looking to establish himself as a must on the field. According to Menna, Martin “is one of the hardest working guys on our football team.” Martin is definitely a guy Saints fans should have their eye on from the stands this fall.

On the offensive side of the ball, the wide receiver room is looking pretty good, especially from a depth standpoint, Menna said. A specific receiver to also take a look at is senior T.J. Verner. Verner has battled adversity throughout his career, and is looking to finally establish himself as one of the top wideouts in the Mid-States Football Association.

As for fifth-year seniors that will be returning in the fall, there are two guys defensively who Menna believes will continue to be a big impact on the team. Vincent Walker, who plays defensive end, and Kole Murlin, who plays middle linebacker, will look to lead the Saints to their second conference championship and first playoff berth in program history. Menna said that “everyone gravitates towards these two guys in the locker room.” 

Offensively some veterans who will be returning are senior, Abraham Wildermuth, who is on the offensive Line. Wildermuth has shown tremendous progression throughout his career and has taken even bigger steps this spring, Menna said. As for the people behind him, Kaleb Jefferson, a fifth-year senior tailback, is going to be a workhorse on the offense. Jefferson can make plays on the ground and through the air. The versatility that Jefferson shows is what will make this offense that much better in the fall, Menna said

As for the last unit on the field, which is special teams, the Saints will return sixth-year “Mr. Reliable,” senior placekicker Anthony Secchi. He has had a terrific career up to this point, and will look to continue to raise the Saints to new heights in the fall. Menna said this Saints team will be a team that “Siena Heights has never seen before.”