2006 Preseason: All-America Candidate Fan's favorite All-America TB candidate. The Little Big Man. Last on the alphabetical roster and No. 1 in everything else. Named to Maxwell Award Watch List. Earned Prestigious First-Team Playboy All-America Recognition. Named First-Team All-America and First-Team All-MAC by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook. Second-Team All-America selection by Insiders' Football News. Projected as MAC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-MAC selection, and nation's No. 5 running back by The Sporting News. Third-Team All-America, First-Team All-MAC and league's "most elusive running back" by Street & Smith's and listed by preseason publication as candidate for Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp, Maxwell Trophy, and Doak Walker Award. Listed as Second-Team All-America by Football Action and NationalChamps.com. Ranked No. 16 on the CollegeFootballNews.com "2006 Heisman 100" list and listed as honorable mention All-America and nation's No. 6 running back by website. Rated as nation's No. 6 running back in Lindy's College Football Preview in addition to being First-Team All-MAC, league Offensive Player of the Year, "Toughest to Brind Down" and the third-ranked NFL draft-prospect in the MAC as listed by the publication. First-Team All-MAC selection by Athlon Sports. Named Second-Team All-America and No. 12 in Heisman Trophy projections by NationalChamps.com. Ranked among top six 2007 National Football League draft prospects---with Michael Bush (Louisville), Kenneth Darby (Alabama), Kenny Irons (Auburn), Brian Leonard (Rutgers), and Tyrone Moss (Miami, FL)---according to Gil Brandt, senior analyst for NFL.com. Listed as First-Team All-MAC selection, Fourth-Team All-America choice, and 18th-ranked running back nationally by Phil Steele's College Football Preview. MAC Offensive MVP and first-team selection by CBS SportsLine. Saw limited duty in spring drills due to rehab of right shoulder sublixation surgery (1-11-06).
Joe Novak: "Garrett's among the best backs I've ever been around and we've had some great ones here. What separates him from other backs is his great instinctive running. You'd swear that Garrett has eyes in the back of his head. Watch that 76-yard touchdown run against Michigan. Garrett doesn't go 76 yards if he doesn't make that cutback move. While not every back has that type of instinct, Garrett might lead the country in that category."
Garrett Wolfe: "The way my offensive line and receivers block, I guess I'm kind of lucky. Look at the film, and you can see I was running to daylight. Sometimes the credit I get is undeserved."
National: No. 1 is simply No. 1. Scoots into 2006 as nation's No. 1 returning major-college rusher (175.6 yards-per-game average), National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1-A's No. 1 returning all-purpose yardage performer (200.2 ypg.), and the country's No. 1 active career 1-A rusher (161.8 ypg.). Rates as only Mid-American Conference performer to receive Heisman Memorial Trophy votes (2005).
2005 NCAA Top 15 Rankings: Finished No. 2 in season NCAA Division 1-A rushing (175.6 ypg.), No. 2 in season all-purpose yardage (200.2 ypg.), No. 4 in season scoring (11.3 ppg.), No. 7 in season rushing TDs (16), No. 11 in season TDs (17), and No. 11 in season yards-per-carry average (6.5). Rated No. 2 in single-game rushing (277 vs. Western Michigan), No. 2 in single-game TDs (5 vs. Western Michigan), No. 2 in single-game scoring (30 points vs. Western Michigan), No. 3 in single-game rushing (270 vs. Akron-2), and No. 4 in single-game rushing attempts (42 vs. Akron-2).
2005 National Awards / Accomplishments: Received two third-place Heisman Trophy votes. Tabbed Honorable Mention CollegeFootballNews.com All-America and ESPN's All-Mayday Team. Named National Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan (11-23-05) by The Sporting News and Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Michigan (9-3-05) by ABC-TV. Set national NCAA 1-A conference championship single-game rushing record (270 yards vs. Akron).
2005 MAC Awards / Accomplishments: Two-time Mid-Am Triple Crown kingpin (league rushing / all-purpose / scoring champion in 2004-05) and First-Team All-MAC selection (2004-05). Named MAC Player of the Year by Touchdown Club of Columbus, OH, and CollegeFootballNews.com. Voted MAC Championship Game West Division MVP vs. Akron (12-1-05). Picked MAC West Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan (9-3-05), vs. Toledo (11-16-05), and vs. Western Michigan (11-23-05). Rewrote MAC Championship Game rushing record.
Northern Illinois Records / Career: Holds at least six major school records---No. 1 in (1) single-game rushing yards (325 vs. Eastern Michigan in 2004), (2) single-game all-purpose yards (341 vs. EMU in 2004), (3) single-season scoring (126 points in 2004), (4) single-season TDs (21 in 2004), (5) career 200-yard rushing games (7 in 2004-05), and (6) back-to-back game rushing yardage (605---280 vs. Ball State and 325 vs. Eastern Michigan in 2004). Ranks No. 2 (tie) in career TDs (38), No. 3 in career rushing TDs (34), No. 5 in career scoring (228 points), No. 5 (tie) in career 100-yard rushing games (14), and No. 6 in career rushing (3,236 yards). Owns seven MAC West Offensive Player of the Week awards (four in 2004 and three in 2005) and two Northern Illinois team MVP plaques (2004-05). Recorded three of the school's 15 longest rushing gains---(1) 84-yard TD vs. Ball State (10-30-04) (sixth-longest), (2) 78-yard TD vs. Western Michigan (10-23-04) (tie, 12th longest), and (3) 76-yard TD vs. Michigan (9-3-05) (tie, 15th longest).
2005 Highlights: Won Honorable Mention All-America acclaim and team MVP honors for second year in row despite missing three late-season games and slightly falling off national radar. Gained 393 ground yards and four TDs on 51 attempts (7.7 ypp. average) vs. two Big Ten Conference opponents in first two contests vs. No. 4-rated Michigan (9-3-05) and vs. Sun Bowl entry Northwestern (9-10-05). Outrushed Michigan TB Mike Hart (148-to-117) and Northwestern TB Tyrell Sutton (245-to-214). Rushed for 724 yards and nine TDs in final three games (241.3 ypg.) in comeback from left knee sprain suffered vs. Eastern Michigan (10-15-05). Gained 177 yards and two TDs on 29 carries vs. Toledo (11-16-05), 277 more and five TDs in 36 attempts vs. Western Michigan (11-23-05), and 270 yards and two TDs on 42 plays vs. Akron (12-1-05) in MAC Championship Game. Won second letter with 450 snaps in nine starts.
2005 Preseason: Rated No. 15 RB in nation by Lindy's and No. 58 by Phil Steele's College Football Preview, plus the No. 21 returning 1-A player in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com. Picked Honorable Mention Street & Smith's College Football All-America. Projected on at least seven First-Team All-MAC squads (by Athlon Sports, CBS SportsLine.com College Football, CollegeFootballNews.com, Lindy's, Phil Steele's, Street & Smith's, and The Sporting News College Football Preview). NCAA: Ranked in 16 Division 1-A Top 40 single-game and season categories (2004). Rated No. 3 in 1-A season scoring, No. 3 in season TDs (21), No. 3 in season all-purpose yards, No 4 (tie) in season rushing TDs (18), and No. 5 in season rushing. Rated No. 1 (tie) in game TDs (four vs. Central Michigan), No. 1 in game rushing attempts (43 vs. Eastern Michigan), plus No. 2 in game rushing yardage (325 vs. EMU) and No. 7 (280 vs. Ball State). Entered 2004 as half of nation's leading rushing duo (2,478 yards) with senior TB A. J. Harris (822 yards). MAC: Won league single-season stats Triple Crown--captured league rushing, scoring, and all-purpose yardage titles (2004). Produced the sixth-best single-season scoring total (126 points), sixth-best season TD total (21), sixth-best season rushing total (1,656 yards), plus the sixth (325 yards vs. EMU) and 13th-best (280 yards vs. BSU) single-game rushing total in league history (2004). Shared league lead with four MAC Player of the Week awards last fall. Northern Illinois Record Book: Made major impact in one season. Set school records for (1) single-game rushing, (2) single-game all-purpose yards, (3) single-season scoring, (4) single-season TDs, (5) consecutive-game rushing yards (605 vs. BSU and vs. EMU), (6) consecutive 100-yard rushing games (seven), (7) single-game soph rushing, and (8) single-game soph all-purpose yardage. Produced the sixth longest (84 yards vs. BSU), 12th longest (78 vs. Western Michigan in 2004), and 23rd longest (70 vs. EMU) rushing gains in NIU history. Recorded the second (141 yards vs. EMU) and third (131 vs. BSU) quarter rushing totals, plus the fifth (204 vs. Bowling Green State in 2004) and sixth (203 vs. EMU) halftime ground stats in school annals. Posted the school's fourth 300-yard rushing game--joining TB LeShon Johnson (322 vs. Southern Illinois in 1993 and 306 yards vs. Iowa in 1993) and QB Stacey Robinson (308 vs. Fresno State in 1990).
2004: Untested, unheralded, and unbelievable. Went from No. 3 team TB to nation's leading rusher and scorer late in season. Stepped into national limelight in second half of ESPN2 telecast with 204 second-half yards vs. Bowling Green State (9-24-04). Gained 1,470 (210.0 ypg.) of total 1,656 yards and tallied 17 of 21 TDs in final seven-regular season games. Named Honorable Mention CNN-SportsIllustrated.com All-America, Honorable Mention CollegeFootballNews.com All-America, and First-Team CollegeSportsReport.com Soph All-America. Picked coaches' First-Team All-MAC in initial year as a regular (the fifth straight year that Northern Illinois has started a First-Team All-MAC TB--Wolfe in 2004, Michael "The Burner" Turner in 2002-03, and TB Thomas Hammock in 2000-01). Named Mid-Am West Offensive Player of the Week four times--vs. BGSU, vs. Central Michigan (10-16-04), vs. Ball State (10-30-04), and vs. Eastern Michigan (11-20-04). Selected CollegeSportsReport.com 1-A National Player of the Week vs. EMU. Gained 202, 110, 142, 226, 185, 280, 325, and 84 rushing yards in last eight appearances. Notched six runs 40 yards or longer (42, 49, 50, 70, 78, and 84). Scored momentum-changing 50-yard TD around left end with 4:46 left in 1st. Qt. prior to being sidelined with hip injury in Silicon Valley Football Classic vs. Troy (12-30-04). Missed ESPN2 game due to right eye injury that was "unrelated to football" vs. Toledo (11-9-04). Selected team Offensive MVP. Ranked No. 1 in team scoring, No. 1 in rushing, No. 1 in total offense, No. 1 in all-purpose yardage, No. 2 in kickoff returns (11 for 231 yards), and No. 6 in receiving (10 for 117 yards). Earned first letter with 498 overall snaps (470 on offense and 28 on special teams). Scored on 40-yard TD pass vs. Southern Illinois (9-11-04). Ran for 24 yards on nine carries and caught four-yard TD pass in 1-A debut vs. No. 22 (AP) Maryland (9-4-04). 2004 Northern Illinois Football Media Guide (on Wolfe): "Under the radar TB. Serious contender in the `Replace the Burner' sweepstakes. Slashing runner with :04.47 speed and potential."
2003: Sidelined by institutional academic guidelines. Entered season as No. 2 TB behind Turner. Rushed for 71 yards in 11 carries in spring game (4-17-03).
2002: Red-shirted as true frosh. Began career as No. 9 TB.
Prep: Repeat All-Stater. Graduated with 11 school records. Produced 4,311 rushing yards and 56 TDs as an upperclassman (2000-01). Recorded seven of the school's Top 10 single-game rushing performances. Named team Offensive MVP, First-Team Catholic League All-Red Metro Division and league MVP, First-Team Pioneer Press All-Area, Special Mention Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and Area Top 100 Prospect (2002), and Special Mention Chicago Tribune All-State on 7-6 league runner-up and state Class 5A playoff qualifier for coach Joe DiCanio. Ran for 2,041 yards and 24 TDs on 288 attempts in final season (2001). Rated as No. 18 preseason area prospect by Chicago Sun-Times. Won team Offensive MVP honor, First-Team Catholic League All-Metro Red Division and league MVP, First-Team Pioneer Press All-Area, First-Team Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and First-Team Class 4A-6A All-State, Special Mention Champaign News-Gazette All-State, First-Team Chicago Tribune All-State, and PrepStar magazine All-America on 11-2 state Class 4A quarterfinalist as a junior. Led Chicago area in rushing (2,270 yards and 32 TDs on 272 carries in 2000). Returned nine kickoffs for 378 yards (42.0 ypr.) and three TDs (87, 89, and 91 yards) and four punts for 146 yards (36.5 ypr.) and one TD (2000). Lettered in football (3). Transferred from Fenwick. Earned FHS monogram in track as a frosh sprinter.
Chart: Posted 4.46 timing in 40, 18 reps with 225 pounds, 33-inch vertical jump, 250-pound power clean, and 385-pound back squat in off-season conditioning program (2005).
Birthdate (Age): 8-17-84 (22).
THE EXPERTS TALK GARRETT
"(Wolfe) is electric. A charismatic guy who knows how to read a block and get through the hole. He finds little openings. We won't be able to stop him, but we can try to slow him down so he won't go totally nuts on us." ---BILL CUBIT, Western Michigan head coach
"This kid is a small pack of dynamite. The MAC always has a few and Wolfe is on the short list." ---TODD HELMICK, NationalChamps.com
"(Wolfe) is the most exciting runningback East of Los Angeles." ---RotoWorld.com
"Wolfe is gone..." ---TERRY GANNON, ABC-TV Sports (on 76-yard TD run vs. Michigan)
"What I am sure of is that I'm a better coach with Garrett running the football." ---JOE NOVAK, Northern Illinois head coach
"(Wolfe) undoubtedly will be everyone's preseason MAC Player of the Year, and he might join Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson on several All-America teams. If he has a solid game at Ohio State ...the national media will make him a must watch player for the rest of the year...(Wolfe) is a home-run hitter with a nose for the goal line." ---PETE FIUTAK, CollegeFootballNews.com
"Obviously, the vision. (Wolfe) runs where they're not. It sounds like coach-coach speak, but you'd be surprised. A lot of backs run right into guys. He runs where they're not." ---RANDY WALKER, former Northwestern head coach
"As soon as he sees the crease, (Wolfe) explodes." ---JAMAL ANDERSON, ABC-TV Sports
WOLFE BY THE NUMBERS
2005 NCAA Division 1-A Rushing Leaders
2005 NCAA Division 1-A Top 15 Single-Game Rushing Games
Wolfe's Rushing Game-by-Game
Northern Illinois Top 20 All-Time Career Rushers
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