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Author: Jon Kuzma
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football is only one month away and the Olivet Comets are looking to repeat as conference champions. Olivet ended 2016 with a perfect 6-0 record but the Comets will have to replace the league’s Most Valuable Player (2016) in Quarterback Braden Black who graduated this off-season. The good news is Olivet still has All-MIAA first-team Running Back Jerome Washington who rushed for 9 touchdowns a season ago. If Washington can continue to progress on his totals from last year, that will give the Comets a potent running game which is fundamental to success in football. Expect junior Offensive Lineman Jakeup Stuller to to anchor the offensive line for Olivet, the combination of Stuller opening holes and Washington wearing down defenders should be a great one two punch for first year Head Coach Dan Musielewicz. The ground game won’t be the only thing clicking for the Olivet offense either, senior Receiver Kornelius Saxton was extremely explosive last season and Saxton is expected to take flight again this upcoming year. Together all of those offensive pieces make the Comets tough to beat but keep an eye on who emerges as the team’s starting quarterback? Replacing Braden Black is going to be crucial for this offense moving forward and if Musielewicz can hit the ground running with his next quarterback that could be the difference between going for back to back championships or just being above average. You have to believe Olivet will still have a winning record in 2017, but you need an elite quarterback to put you over the top. Fortunately for the Comets they do have a boatload of talent on the defensive side of the ball to help balance things out. Junior Defensive Back Walter Love III was a All-MIAA first team defender and he will paired along with second team All-MiAA defensive back Javon Walker in the secondary. When you also factor in Senior linebacker Chase Cavric and Senior Defensive Lineman Tyler Douglass will be back it becomes obvious there is still a lot of talent on this roster. Olivet will give fits to the other teams in the MIAA but the question all year is whether or not they can handle going through a transitional year particularly at the head coach and quarterback position?
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