“I remember when I first went he (Shawn Demaray) said "you have to have strong core" and I ‘m like, "I don’t have to have abs and then he’s like that’s not what I mean" and I remember I rolled out of bed the next day and like oh my god this is terrible I don’t want to do this,” Henaire, a Bangor football lineman, said.
Henaire has transformed his body and football knowledge in just one year of training with former UMaine football player Shawn Demaray.
“I really needed Shawn he showed me all this stuff and he’s like these violent hand actions but like don’t punch with this hand punch with this hand because if you punch with this hand you’ll leave your rib cage open and just like stuff I would have never thought of,” Henaire said.
He has racked up the miles in just one month as he’s traveled to camps at various power five and Division I AA schools such as Bryant, Boston College, Penn State and Old Dominion. All the visits serve as opportunities to show he has what it takes.
“He’s gone to four different camps and every camp we’ve done very drill so he’s one of the best prepared players there because he’s not thinking about how to do the drill he’s just competing and running the drill,” Demaray said.
The Bangor Ram trains with his team three days a week and works out with Demaray an additional two to three times a week. Football is everything for the senior lineman and he’s ready to push himself harder if it means he’ll have a chance to play college football.
“I love working with kids that want to put the effort in. If he gets on the field and he’s one of the best players in the state of Maine he’s got a chance, he really does,” Demaray said.