A first team All-Ohio selection by the Associated Press, Genoa running back Kyle Nutter has repeated as Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Offensive Player of the Year, garnering 16 of 20 votes.
Nutter was fifth in the state in rushing yardage among all divisions this year during the regular season (230 carries for 2,038 yards, 35 touchdowns, an 8.95 per carry average).
After two playoff games, he finished with 2,322 yards on 270 carries with 37 touchdowns (8.6 avg.). he also caught three passes for 37 passes, completed 3-of-5 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, and scored one touchdown on defense.
|Kyle Nutter (34) plows through the
defensive line. (Press photo by Harold
“The 2012 Comets would have never reached their goals of a (Northern Buckeye Conference) championship without the leadership of Kyle Nutter,” Coach Tim Spiess said.
“He is the greatest example of what a high school athlete should be. His weight room workouts are legendary. I knew Kyle would carry a heavy load on both sides of the ball, but when you figure in the number of injuries we had to deal with and the overall youth of our team, Kyle's responsibilities were greater than for any athlete I have ever coached.
College: Kyle is still weighing offers and he has more visits planned over the next few weeks. I would expect a final decision of where he will play college football by mid-January. It is a safe bet he will stay in the midwest. I told Kyle, ‘It does not make a great deal of sense to play 12-20 hours (drive-time) from home when there are options within 6 hours from home.’
Nutter finished his career with 5,835 yards on 780 carries for 88 touchdowns (7.5 avg.), caught nine passes for 132 yards, and scored a total of 90 touchdowns. Along with two-point conversions, he scored 542 points.
“After Kyle's freshman year, he decided on a ‘cause’ and that ‘cause’ was Genoa football,” Spiess said. “Everything he did was to make himself into a better football player and leader for Genoa High School.
“Kyle was a unanimous first team all-league selection on offense and defense for three consecutive years. I have coached some great football players during my 29 year career, but he is the first to be awarded first team All-League on both sides of the ball for three consecutive years. I cannot think of a better example for our younger players to emulate,” Spiess continued.
“The Genoa Comets have become a dominant program because of players like Kyle Nutter. We are very demanding of our players. The high-tempo three-and-a-half to four practices build an unbelievable bond within the locker room.
“The leaders of the team know exactly what is expected of them. For the fifth consecutive year, our football program's GPA has been over 3.0 for the fall quarter. When the day is done and all of the hay has been placed in the barn, Comet fans sleep better at night because of these seniors.”
Where does Nutter stand in the all-time annals of Genoa football?
“(Former Genoa) Coach (Jim) Firestone may be able to answer that question better than me because of his 40 plus years of being around Genoa football,” said Coach Tim Spiess.
“However, when you consider he was a part of three league championships, two Toledo Blade (poll) titles and nine playoff games; it would be difficult to find a better stage to spend your high school career on. Kyle was the focal point of an offense that averaged over 47 points per game during his high school career. He also broke the school's all-time rushing record by nearly 2,000 yards.
“One thing to consider, when comparing him to other players from other generations is this: He was the complete package,” Spiess continued, emphasizing “complete.”
“People focus on the offense, but he was also first Team All-SLL as a defensive back (sophomore) and first team All-NBC as a linebacker (junior and senior). You could easily make an argument for him as an all-state defensive player as well.
“He was also an important part of our punt and kickoff return teams. As a sophomore and junior he was our most valuable defender on punt and kickoff coverage teams. He is also a great kicker. He routinely makes 50-yard field goals in practice even though he was never asked to kick in a game.
“I will leave the argument up to the guys at the coffee shops or round tables as to who was the greatest football player for Genoa High School. My vote goes to Kyle Nutter, not only for Genoa High School, but he also gets my vote as the greatest player in my coaching career,” Spiess concluded.
Nutter has had Mid-American Conference programs looking at him, but has not made a decision about college yet.
“Kyle is still weighing offers and he has more visits planned over the next few weeks. I would expect a final decision of where he will play college football by mid-January. It is a safe bet he will stay in the Midwest. I told Kyle, it does not make a great deal of sense to play 12 to 20 hours (driving time) from home when there are options within six hours from home.”
Nods also went to Waite running back Cyrron Barringer, Northwood quarterback Nick Russell, Central Catholic all-purpose player Derich Weiland, and Woodmore QB Jake Matwiejczyk for Offensive Player of the Year.