Furman: Experienced player...expected to compete with Dustin Chancellor for the starting job at center vacated by the graduation of Reggie Goolsby...position is the only one along the offensive front that will boast a new regular this fall...has bounced back from major injury to figure prominently into Furman's plans. 2007 -- Completed a successful return from a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2006 campaign...served as the backup center, earning quality playing time in all 11 games...logged 253 snaps and tallied a 74.7 season blocking percentage...recorded four game blocking marks above 80.0 percent, including a season best 84.2 percent grade against Appalachian State...registered a season high 36 snaps against 14th-ranked Elon (52-49 win)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2006 -- Sat out the entire season due to ongoing rehabilitation efforts associated with a knee injury sustained early in the preseason...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2005 -- Compiled 147 plays in his first season of play, including his first career start in the Paladins' 44-41 double overtime win over Hofstra...emergency start versus Hofstra came after starting center Chris Stewart was sidelined with a reaction to a laceration sustained in the Paladins' season opening 37-35 win over Jacksonville State...named to SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2004 -- Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
High School: 2004 graduate of Gainesville (3A) High School, which also produced Furman cornerback John Castleberry...football coach was Bruce Miller...started in 37 consecutive games at center and also played defensive tackle during his prep career, helping Gainesville to a 30-7 record during that span...served as team captain and earned all-area and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press All-State honors in 2003 after helping the Red Elephants to an 11-1 record and second round state playoff appearance...also played in Georgia's North-South All-Star Game...National Certificate of Merit recipient...member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, and Spanish Honor Society...attended Furman's Offensive Lineman Camp.
Personal: Full name is David Michael Menocal...son of Gus and Nancy Menocal...born October 9, 1985, in Wilmington, North Carolina...has two siblings, Victor and Chris...brother Victor, played baseball at Georgia Tech...has an impressive family heritage...father and grandfather fled Cuba ahead of communist takeover under Fidel Castro...great-great uncle, Maj. Gen. Mario Garcia Menocal, was president of Cuba from 1913-21...another ancestor, Aniceto Garcia Menocal, was a Cuban born naturalized United States citizen who was a co-author of the original Nicaraguan and Panama Canal surveys, as well as instrumental in the design and construction of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Navy Yard and Washington Monument (he is buried at Arlington National Cemetary)...yet another ancestor, Pedro Garcia Menocal, is an acclaimed Cuban-American painter...is also a descendant of famed Cuban writer and independence hero Jose Marti...Spanish and political science major.