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(ESPN)   Garrett Wolfe: The best college football player that you've never heard of   ( divider line
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1062 clicks; posted to Sports » on 03 Oct 2006 at 3:24 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-10-03 12:47:16 AM  
That was certainly a thorough and in-depth article, submitter. Thanks for sharing.

2006-10-03 01:14:24 AM  
Well, he doesn't even have his own Wikipedia article and the guy could rush for 3,000 yards. I guess the mods know he's something special.

Here's a video if you don't believe me:

2006-10-03 01:45:55 AM  
People are crazy about him here at NIU. There's like one article per day dedicated to him in the Northern Star. I've never seem him around campus myself, but I hear he enjoys the local Buffalo Wild Wings quite a bit.

/Go Huskies
2006-10-03 03:04:37 AM  
The rushing stat he pulled off against OSU is SOMETHING, though.

Certainly NFL scouts are watching.
2006-10-03 03:43:46 AM  
Don't know about him my ass. That kid and the Cal Bears made me a pretty penny last saturday.
2006-10-03 03:59:58 AM  
Oh, c'mon. Half of his yards came against Ball State and Buffalo. And even when putting up pretty impressive numbers against Ohio State, most of his yards came in the second half. By then, the Buckeyes had already put NIU away and were playing second and third stringers.

No team has EVER been successful putting all of their offense in just one player. There are many teams with one "star" that have won, but they still had to have 21 other guys to support them. One guy may be enough to beat the Buffalos and Ball States of the world, but if he were playing in the Big Ten, he would be thouroughly trounced by most defenses. At most, he'd be the best garbage-yard back in college football, and at worst, he wouldn't crack triple digits.
2006-10-03 06:47:57 AM  
I have, in fact, heard of him

He had close to 100 yards rushing and receiving in the first half of that OSU game.

I don't care who he's playing against, more than 9 yards a carry with more than 100 tries is impressive.
2006-10-03 08:03:00 AM  
I was sitting in the Horseshoe when he ran against Ohio State. He's one of the best running backs I've seen, with speed, power and he can catch as well. Good ball player.
2006-10-03 08:05:31 AM  
I stopped reading after:

Height: 5-7
Weight: 177 lbs.

Next year he will be the most athletic truck driver ever. OK so he could hang on for a few years as a kick returner like Michael Lewis did, but that's about the best you can hope for Wolfe.
2006-10-03 08:44:23 AM  
An_Innocent_Primate, NFL coaches are more and more becoming open to the idea of smaller backs because they can wreck havoc in play action and draw situations. Linebackers simply can't find them. He probably will never be an every down back, but to call him a future truck driver is stupid.
2006-10-03 09:06:36 AM  

OK, so he might get drafted, definitely no higher than the fourth round. And maybe linebackers won't see him, but safeties will, and they will outweigh him by 20-30 pounds, some as much as 40. And they hit a little harder than some schmo from Buffalo. He won't last more than 2 or 3 years in the league, and that is if he gets a real good look.

I just hope he has his fun now while he can. 170 pounds just won't hold up against real defenders.
2006-10-03 09:22:15 AM  
damn right i've heard of him, he gave u of m shiat last year before i watched him give fits to osu. unfortunately for him he's the only guy on the team so he gets sniped quite a bit. lucky for him he's good enough to overcome it in his conference
2006-10-03 09:54:13 AM  
Good player at a school off the radar and always will be.
2006-10-03 09:56:49 AM  
I live about 10 miles north of Dekalb and he's a huge deal out here. Paper covers him about as much as they cover Da Bears.
2006-10-03 10:03:59 AM  
Didn't Northern Illinois have 2 players drafted in the first round last year? I'm sure NFL scouts are aware of this guy.
2006-10-03 10:06:38 AM  

Im not quite sure...

I remember Michael "The Burner" Turner... But that was a couple years ago...

I don't remember who was drafted last year...
2006-10-03 10:08:36 AM  

Didn't Northern Illinois have 2 players drafted in the first round last year?

I think you're thinking of NC State. The last Northern Illinois player drafted was Michael Turner in 2004.
2006-10-03 10:12:47 AM
2006-10-03 10:17:51 AM  
I stopped reading after:
Height: 5-7
Weight: 177 lbs.

I seem to recall that there was this pretty good NFL back who was only an inch taller and around fifteen pounds of easily gained muscle heavier. What was his name? Oh, yeah, Barry Sanders. And that guy who was the same size that won the Superbowl with the Giants. Who was that again? That's right, Joe Morris. So they defenses are bigger in today's NFL you say? I guess that's why Warrick Dunn doesn't play much. Oh, wait, yes he does.

If there's one thing I've learned watching pro sports, it's to never, ever count anyone out based on size alone. These guys, Spudd Webb and Muggsy Bogues in the NBA, Eckstein in baseball, Kapinen in the NHL- these midgets shouldn't be paid to play, but they are. Heart and talent can find you a spot on a roster.
2006-10-03 10:20:10 AM  
Brian Westbrook went to 'nova.

I think he's the NCAA all-time leader in yards from scrimage or something.
2006-10-03 10:33:38 AM  
I had a class with him last semester, really nice guy. Anything accolades he gets he has earned.
2006-10-03 11:31:35 AM  
5-7 and 177? Yea that's not too good. But height? Not a big deal at the running back position. The weight? The NFL could bulk him up easy. Give him an offseason with a personal trainer and a nutritionist, he'll be knocking on 200 in no time.

The thing I look at is the teams they play. With the exception of #1 Ohio State, they've played no one with a winning record. In fact, most of the teams have 1 win or less.

But he probably does have exceptional talent and teams will be looking to steal him early on. Hell if the Texans actually gain a couple brain cells by the time the draft rolls around, they might pick up a running back or 2.
2006-10-03 11:37:26 AM  
He plays for N.I.U.

He'd have to rush for 5000 yards to have any chance of winning Heisman. Yeah he rushed for 170+ yards against Ohio State, but it's the Indiana States and Buffalos that no one else cares to watch in which he can knock himself out with 350 yard games.

He should have chosen a school with a football program.
2006-10-03 12:40:07 PM  
He's put up triple digits against the top two Big Ten teams out there. OSU this year and U of M last year. That along is fairly impressive given that the NIU offensive line is undersized, so he doesn't get a lot of help from them.

Still that being said there are a lot more deserving players between Wolfe and the Heisman.
2006-10-04 10:14:46 AM  
gooooo huskies

Pockafrusta: He should have chosen a school with a football program.

Yeah, pretty much ...
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