MAC: Garrett Got Game

By - August 01, 2006

If you take a look at what Northern Illinois star tailback Garrett Wolfe has done in his career with the Huskies, you'll see that this guy is the real deal and while receiving numerous preseason accolades such as being on the Maxwell Award Watch List, this senior looks primed to put up perhaps his biggest numbers of his career this season in what Wolfe hopes will be a MAC championship season for the Huskies..

Last season, Wolfe missed three games due to injury and still managed to rank No. 2 in the country in rushing, averaging 175.6 yards per game. The elusive, but small tailback - Wolfe is 5-7 and just 177 pounds - posted seven 100-yard and three 200-yard performances last year, which was highlighted by hist 277 yards on 36 carries versus Western Michigan and hist 270 yards in the MAC title game loss to Akron.

"He had almost 1600 yards last season and missed three-and-a-half games," Northern Illinois head coach Joe Novak said. "He's been so productive; it's almost been unfathomable how productive he's been. For a little guy, he's extremely durable. He did have the knee problem last year but he's played so much football. He's carried the ball so many times for a guy his size. And he makes a difference in our football games"

"And I know there is question by a lot of the pro teams about his size, and I agree, there is a question," Novak added. "But you can't overlook somebody being that productive for such a large part of the team."

And if Wolfe can put up the kinds of numbers he did last year, you can just imagine how impressive they'll be as long as he's able to stay healthy.

Posted by at 01:53 AM on August 01, 2006

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