It's still the off-season and college sports news is, at best, sparse. So to pass the time we're making up our own news. In that vein we're previewing portions of the University of Michigan Football Team's upcoming 2010 schedule.
Specifically, we're previewing the most dangerous players on each team Michigan will face this year. Some will be on offense, some on defense, and all of them will be players worthy of your scorn. We've got a full 2010 football schedule, so we'll break down the key cog to each opponent one at a time. We've even got a convenient schedule and hatin' guide for you to go off of.
Today we're focussing on our last out of conference opponent, Bowling Green's senior running back Willie Geter.
Who Is He, Exactly?
Put simply, Gete is Bowling Green's primary and perhaps only offensive threat this season. Originally a cornerback recruit out of Miami, FL, Geter was a two star recruit without a lot of recruiting hype. Splitting time at tailback his first two years at Bowling Green, Geter amassed 732 (fr) and 301 (so) yards on decreasing carries. In 2009, however, Geter came into his own. Not only gaining 705 yards on the ground, Geter caught 42 passes for 407 additional yards and a total of 10 touchdowns (9 ground/1 pass). Entering his senior year, Geter is the unquestioned starter at tailback.
So, Explain Why We Should Hate Him
In a year following the loss of the Falcon's leading passer and leading receiver, Geter is Bowling Green's best hope for finding the end zone. He's a determined, versitile back who is just as dangerous catching passes as he is taking a hand-off. Last season he hung 99 yards on Missouri, taking the Tigers to their limit in a closer than expected 27-20 loss. Another reason not to like Geter is he doesn't fumble. Ever. In 32 career games he's never put the ball on the carpet. And after a season of watching Michigan do that over and over again, that's worthy of your scorn.
Give Me His Weaknesses, So That I Might Exploit Them
While Geter may be able to hold onto the ball he's not particularly good at staying on the field. Geter's already missed five games for various reasons in his career, and last season was his first full season. He also ain't the fastest guy in the world. Despite playing in every game last season, Geter's longest run was a 61 yard run against Toledo in last year's regular season finale. His longest run before that in 2009? 22 yards. He's also not a back that eats up a lot of carries or yards. Geter only averaged 15 carries a game and only cracked 100 yards once. Sure he came close to breaking the century mark on two other occasions, but he wasn't anywhere close to it in the remaining nine games.
Geter is a solid tailback but nothing extra special. On top of that he's going to be all alone this year with a new quarterback and without the teams leading receiver. So it's up to him to manufacture some points. We've seen teams like this before. They have nothing to lose and as a result should be considered extremely dangerous.
You've been given your reasons, now get your hate on.