|Breaks opened door for Vogt at Indy|
|Monday, January 14, 2013 10:28 AM|
INDIANAPOLIS — There is an old saying: necessity is the mother of invention.
Austin Vogt wasn’t expecting to necessarily play a lot on the offensive line at the University of Indianapolis in this, his redshirt freshman season.
Necessity — in this case, injuries to guys ahead of him — made that thought obsolete and he took advantage of the lucky break.
“During practice last spring, I was projected to play either left guard or right tackle — that’s where they had me — but when we started the season against Ashland, I wasn’t expecting to play a lot; however, in the second quarter, our sixth-year left tackle went down with an injury. We moved our right tackle to the left side and since I was the next guy on the depth chart, I went in to play right tackle,” the son of Jim and Sue Vogt recounted. “I did all right in that game. The next game (vs. Macomb, Ill.), our starter at left tackle also got hurt and they moved me to that side. We lost both of those games but then we got on a roll and won nine in a row. We went 8-0 to win our first-ever GLVC title and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs (beating No. 8 Midwestern State) and losing to top-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo).
“It was all pretty exciting.”
It was ironic that when he signed on the dotted line Feb. 2, 2011, for head coach Bob Bartolomeo and offensive coordinator Todd Carter, it was not as a projected left tackle; however with the likely graduation of the two guys that were ahead of him before this season began: starters Andrew Mansaray and Joe Britner; he is now likely entrenched in his familiar left tackle spot, the spot he played for four years at St. John’s.
The 6-3, 295-pounder was part of a Greyhounds’ front wall that finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed and paving the way for running back Klay Fiechter to break the school’s single-season rushing record, rushing for 1,475 yards and 19 touchdowns. Among other new additions to the program’s record books was a first-ever appearance in the final American Football Coaches Association Division II Poll (first published in 2000), finishing number 15; its first-ever playoff appearance; and its first-ever 10-win campaign.
He got a lot of practice in the running game from his days at St. John’s but acknowledges a major difference at the collegiate level.
“In high school, it seemed like more of a family because I was with guys that I’d grown up with since kindergarten,” he continued. “When you go to college, you get to experience a lot of guys from numerous backgrounds and living experiences. It’s a lot of fun and a great experience to meet different people of different backgrounds; it’s well worth it.”
After the team’s loss Nov. 24, there was supposed to be a “dead” period of two weeks where nothing could be mandatory but Vogt only took a week off — to heal up — before starting the off-season program.
“I lifted three days a week. During the holidays, they like people to stay but since we’re Division II, they really can’t mandate it and a lot of guys do go home; I’ll be heading back Sunday to school,” Vogt explained. “I’ve continued to lift three times a week and in 2-3 weeks, the winter conditioning begins. That is every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 a.m. for about an hour. We start out with team stretching and then work on such things as getting out of our stance quicker. We have about eight stations: they can be ladders, cones or shuffle drills; and it emphasizes working on speed, quickness and footwork. This is in addition to weight-lifting. Once we get into the summer, the lifting continues as is but the conditioning is four days a week.
“I was 275 in high school and I’m 295 now. They don’t want me to get above 305 because I can tell I’m heavier now. I’m a lot stronger but the added weight does have an affect. I think if I got any higher than 305, it would affect my mobility on the field a lot.”
The sports management major still has time to be a normal student and overall human being as well.
“There’s a lot of time involved in football and studying — I take 15 credit hours per term, which is what they like the players to do — but there’s time for hobbies. I am rooming with a couple of really good friends and we play a lot of ‘Cabela’s Big-Game Hunter’ — we’re into hunting — and basketball video games,” he explained. “We also watch a lot of NetFlix and just hang around as well, whether at our place or other friends’ places.
“I did play some intramural basketball last year but I hurt my knee, so I will likely not play again. I want to stay healthy for football. I played baseball in high school and there are a couple of guys that do play it and a couple others than run track and field. For me, though, I will just focus on football and spring practice.”
His future is exactly that — the future.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead as to what I really want to do when my playing days are over,” he added. “Division II has gotten more and more notice by the NFL but I’m not counting on that.
“I’d like to eventually become a coach and an athletic director but I am open to what the future holds.”
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