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
BOWL: READY TREE BOWL
Which: East Michigan (7-5) vs. Liberty (7-5)
When: 5:45 p.m., Saturday December 18, 2021 (ESPN)
Or: Mobile, Alabama
SPOTLIGHT: JERE GETZINGER
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
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.
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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