Air Force's Cody Getz excels against the odds

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The small running back has had a huge 2012 season so far, despite his small stature that led to many doubters.

Listed on the official Air Force roster as 5'7, 175 pounds, it's understandable how senior running back Cody Getz earned doubters. With such small size, many believed that college football wasn't going to be a place where Getz could have success, but he has proven many wrong and is having a breakout year in 2012.

With 683 yards rushing through four games, Getz is fourth in the nation among FBS players and is the only player in the division with an average of over eight yards per carry (among players with 60 or more rushing attempts). His most recent performance, a 222-yard domination of the Colorado State run defense is the only game that he didn't find the end zone in.

After three years on the bench for the Falcons, in which he totaled just 286 yards rushing combined, the season has shocked many, but not everybody is surprised. Charlton Warren, the Air Force defensive coordinator that convinced the team that Getz was worth taking a chance on, told The Gazette that Getz's breakout season isn't a surprise to him:

"You're proud of him working so hard. But I'm not surprised. I never doubted him."

Air Force will host Navy on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. MT.

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