Fowler Yells at TV, Prepares for Playoffs

Michigan State wide receiver verbal commit Bennie Fowler looks to take his Yellowjackets to Ford Field in a few weeks. After that, it's onto the hardwood for a nationally ranked prep squad, then, in the spring, track. GSN caught up with the super-athlete after the Spartans' win over Michigan.

Michigan State verbal commit Bennie Fowler and the Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets (7-2) are preparing for what they hope to be their first of five consecutive weekends in the MHSAA football playoffs.

"Right now, we're very confident," he says. "We just beat Dearborn, and they're a Division 2 opponent." Country Day is Division 4.

The Yellowjackets' first tournament opponent is 6-3 Detroit Crockett, a team Fowler remembers well.

"We feel really good about this game because we played Crockett last year and we barely beat them, we beat them 7-0," he says. "It was a pretty tough game for us. We're looking forward to it and we're going to enjoy this game."

Fowler was at a loss when asked for his stats this season — "stats don't really mean anything unless we're winning games," he says — remembering only that he had around 13 touchdowns on the season.

In addition to his recruited position at wide receiver, Bennie lined up behind the quarterback as a backup running back and also played extensively at safety on the opposite side of the ball. He says playing defense helped him understand his overall game better.

"I enjoy playing safety because knowing what wide receiver tendencies are makes it easy to play defense," and learn how to understand the wide receiver position better, he says.

Last weekend, Fowler got a taste of the future as he watched MSU beat archrival Michigan on the road.

"I was really into it," he says, "I was talking to the TV and everything. I really enjoyed the game." Part of the enjoyment stems from what he sees as an ascendant Spartan program under head coach Mark Dantonio.

"I thought it showed how Michigan State is progressing," Fowler says, "and how Coach D has the program on the up-and-up."

Another aspect he enjoyed watching was the balance of offense State showed in the game. Javon Ringer got his nearly 200 yards on the ground, but Hoyer balanced the attack out with almost 300 yards of his own through the air

"It tells me that we're not just a one-sided team," Fowler says. "With both the passing threat and the running threat — people don't know how to stop us. It's a good look overall."

Talking to Dan Enos and other MSU coaches is still a weekly occurrence, Fowler says. After football, Fowler will attempt to continue Country Day's athletic excellence as a shooting guard on the hardwood.

He says the Yellowjacket basketball team has high hopes with a preseason national ranking from The Sporting News.

"We're ranked 23 in the nation for basketball," he says, "so it's going to be a pretty good year."

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