A look around the MAC

Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe was overlooked by several schools, but is finally earning some recognition.

Updated: October 19, 2004, 11:33 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN Insider
Garrett Wolfe speaks without a hint of arrogance or entitlement. He is modest and reserved but noticeably guarded about his recent success.

Wolfe, a sophomore running back at Northern Illinois, has every reason to puff up his chest and stroll with a swagger. Since taking over for injured starter A.J. Harris four weeks ago against Bowling Green, Wolfe has rushed for 680 yards and tallied 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving).

He ranks 15th nationally in rushing (111.7 ypg) and tied for second in scoring (12 ppg). But Wolfe's greatest concern is simply staying on the field.