The Press Newspaper
Genoa’s standout running back Kyle Nutter has decided to play football at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.
Nutter, who signed his letter of intent play at the NAIA school, will not be missed by Genoa’s opponents, who found him almost impossible to stop.
The Genoa running back, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 214 pounds, finished his career as the Comets' most decorated football player. He holds a number of schools records, among them career rushing yards, single-season rushing yards, touchdowns, single-season touchdowns and highest yard-per carry average.
In his three years, his teams won two conference titles, advanced to the Division IV regional final once and the regional semifinals twice. Quite possibly his best team, the 2011 Comets, advanced to the regional semifinals before falling to eventual-state runner-up Kenton, 32-22. That squad, as well as the 2010 unit, is viewed by many as having been good enough to have won a state championship.
Nutter finished his career with 6,017 rushing yards, a school record, and ran for 2,058 yards on 230 carries (8.9 per-carry average) and 34 touchdowns his senior season,
His play on the defensive side of the ball has earned him first-team honors at linebacker in each of the past two seasons. Last fall, he recovered five fumbles, intercepted three passes and finished with 80 tackles. Nutter's true position was actually something of a hybrid between linebacker and defensive back, a testament to his versatility.
In January 2010, Jim Lyall was hired by Siena Heights as part of a task force to evaluate the possibility of building a football team. The go-ahead was given and Lyall was named coach and began his work.
When Lyall started the program two years ago he said, “We need to have young men who understand the whole meaning of character and integrity. Because we don’t have any senior leadership right now, it’s going to be important for us to target captains. We’re going to target players from programs that have been successful. We’re going to ask their coaches point blank: tell us about the character of this young man does he have goals in mind?”
Lyall says he used these same principles in selecting Nutter.
“I watched film of Kyle from both his junior and senior year and I could see that he was fast with good balance and he had the ability to make sharp cuts but he was also a tough hard hitting back that could open holes when necessary,” Lyall said. “We run a fast-paced no-huddle offense sometimes with the spread. It’s upbeat and takes advantage of speed and ball control. Last year we led the league in time of possession. Kyle will be one of the backs that we need to constantly pound the other team’s defense.”
Siena Heights is a member of the Mid-States Football Association in football.
“It’s a tough league, some call it the SEC of the NAIA” said Lyall.