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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Grand Valley State University Lakers have a very special player in Running Back Marty Carter and because of Carter the Lakers are the favorite to repeat as Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions. Carter rushed for 1,908 yards and 20 touchdowns a season ago, keep in mind Carter achieved these outstanding accomplishments as a sophomore. That means Carter will be even better in his junior season because as Carter gains more awareness he will become more effective in his role as the team’s starting running back. Still though instinctively Marty Carter is as good as they come at the division II level. Carter was so impressive in 2016 he earned a recognition as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy which is given to the most valuable player at the DII level. With Carter owning the running game and Receiver Nick Dodson handling everything through the air (Dodson had 13 receiving touchdowns in 2016). The Lakers are poised enough to give the other GLIAC teams fits in 2017 and really the Lakers main threat has to be the Ferris State Bulldogs. Grand Valley won the conference last year and beat Ferris State in the the regular season 35-23. However the Bulldogs knocked off the Lakers in the NCAA Division II playoffs and that had to leave a bad taste in GVSU’s mouth the entire off-season. The Lakers only lost one game in all of 2016 that was to the Bulldogs and it’s safe to say these two teams make up the best rivalry in GLIAC football right now. In order for Grand Valley to reign supreme in 2017 Marty Carter has to build upon the success he had in 2016, so expect the Grand Valley running back to get well over 200 carries this fall. When you have a dynamic weapon like Carter who can score any time he touches the ball, you want to feed that player touches early and often. Grand Valley State Head Coach Matt Mitchell understands this and he will look to unleash his junior running back on every defense he can once the season rolls around.
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