Linder ready to run wild at Garden City

After greyshirting in 2010, to say that Garden City RB Israel Linder (5-11, 205) is champing at the bit would be an understatement. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented back recently and he updated us on things...

Linder prepped at one of the top high school programs in the country, but because he was a late qualifier, schools had lost track of him and didn't have room for him.

"I didn't get my qualifying scores until late," Linder told JCFootball.com. "Schools who were recruiting me didn't really have a spot for me anymore and I just decided to go the JC route and Garden City seemed like a good place to be because it was away from everything and all I needed to do was go to school and play ball."

As a greyshirt this past season, Linder watched as the Broncbusters limped to a 3-6 record and said with a newly hired staff, he's ready to prove himself this spring.

"We already had some good backs -- guys like Keion Wade -- so I greyshirted to save a year because I would have had to split time with him," Linder said. "Now, the competition is wide open and I'm ready to take advantage of this opportunity.

"The new staff is all business. They are after all of us to get better and to get it done in school. I like it and know they only want me to get better."

With his size, Linder is a between-the-tackles runner who likes to mix it up with the big boys.

"That's where my game is," Linder said. "I have the speed (4.4) to get outside, but to move the chains you have to be able to go inside and that's what I feel I do best."

Obviously, at this point, Linder is an unknown quantity and he isn't really hearing form anyone at this point, but with a good spring he has a chance to create a buzz and then prove his worth this fall.

Because he was a full-qualifier, Linder can leave at any time and he hopes to sign with a school in December and would have four years to play three should that happen.

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