Missouri State Seeking First Win Against Racers at Plaster Field
Returning starter at center who will anchor an offensive line that returns four starters ... Receiving consideration for multiple preseason awards, including a No. 19 preseason ranking among FBS centers by Phil Steele.
2011: Played every snap as a fourth-year junior to earn starts in all 11 games at center ... Named MSU Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Named by CollegeSportsMadness.com to the all-conference squad ... Earned MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week after grading out 85 percent for the win at Youngstown State (11/19/11) and powering an offense that generated a season-high 38 points, 389 yards of total offense and 20 first downs in the season finale ... MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week for win at Youngstown State and game at Eastern Kentucky (9/10/11) in which the Bears produced 411 total yards ... Named to MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for spring 2012 semester.
2010: Spent his sophomore season backing up starting senior Erik Dahl ... Added depth to a unit that led the Bears to the 13th-ranked offense (425.45) in the Division I FCS ranks and the 11th-best rushing attack (214.18) ... Earned MVFC Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction after posting a 3.0 GPA during the fall 2010 semester.
2009: Played in 3 games, including the season opener against Arkansas (9/5/09).
2008: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State ... Earned MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year honors ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week twice for road games against Illinois State (10/18/08) and UNI (11/8/08).
High School: Three-year starter and letterman for Coach Doug Buckmaster at Joplin (Mo.) High as a standout center and offensive tackle ... Was a second-team all-state selection as a senior in 2007 while claiming All-Ozark Conference laurels 3 years and Springfield News-Leader All-Ozark honors as a junior and senior ... Also earned all-district and Joplin Globe All-Area honors twice while starting 30 straight games ... Helped the Eagles to a 7-3 record and Ozark Conference title his junior season ... Also a two-year starter at center for the Joplin basketball team.
Personal: Harrison Stephen Menke was born 6/21/89 in Lincoln, Neb. ... Son of Stephen and Tami Menke of Joplin, Mo. ... Is a survivor of the 2011 Joplin tornado ... Has a brother, Evan ... Majoring in Political Science.