Spotlight on the Bay City Bowl: Watch for # 83 Jere Getzinger in the Lending Tree Bowl

MLive shines a spotlight on Bay City-area players competing against Division I college football teams in bowl games this season. This is the first in a three-part series.

MLive Bay Town Area

Spotlight on the College Football Bowl


Which: East Michigan (7-5) vs. Liberty (7-5)

When: 5:45 p.m., Saturday December 18, 2021 (ESPN)

Or: Mobile, Alabama


High school: Ogemaw Heights

To classify: 2020

University: University of Eastern Michigan

Position: Tight end

Year: First-year student

Jersey: n ° 83

Cut: 6 feet, 3, 234 pounds

Hometown: West branch

Parents: Jere and Gail Nowicki Getzinger

Jere Getzinger of the Eastern Michigan University football team.

College CV: Saw action in all 12 games this season as a standout special team. Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in a win over Bowling Green. Won an EMU Hammer Award and carried the team’s symbolic hammer onto the pitch in pre-game against Toledo. Returned a punt for 12 yards. Assisted the Eagles to a 4-4 record in the Mid-American Conference. Named a finalist by the Special Teams Player of the Year group. Played five games as a true freshman in 2020, winning the Hammer Award for Special Teams.

Freeland Football host Ogemaw Heights in Division 5 District title game

Ogemaw’s Jere Getzinger (85) catches a pass and rounds the defense in the Division 5 District title game against Freeland on Friday, November 7, 2019.Boomer Kaytie |

CV in high school: 2019 MLive Bay City Defensive Player of the Year and Class B Golden Helmet Player of the Year. All-State First Team as a Defensive Lineman. Score 59 tackles with 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior. Caught 11 passes and was a much-vaunted tackle on the near end. Led the Falcons to an 8-3 record and their first playoff victory in six years. Also participated in basketball and track and field.


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