Being able to control many different variables has allowed the Geneseo football team to perform like a well oiled machine in the past.

Being able to control many different variables has allowed the Geneseo football team to perform like a well oiled machine in the past.

However, the Green Machine’s 2017 season will be about adapting to the many changes around them.

Geneseo will begin the season with a pair of home games which will be played at Augustana’s Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex.

While the Geneseo fan support will try to make Augie’s stadium feel like a home game, there’s no way to get around how things are going feel different.

“We will make the most of it,” Geneseo Coach Larry Johnsen Jr. said. “It’s an uncontrollable that we have no say in, but we are trying to be extremely flexible.”

The addition of the new field turf at Bob Reade Field has displaced the Green Machine with ongoing work being done to prep the field for its debut against Quincy, on Friday, Sept. 8.

With long time assistant and defensive coordinator Travis Mackey stepping away to start his duties as principal, Johnsen will take over defensive play calling responsibilities in addition to his head coaching duties.

With only a handful of experienced defensive and offensive linemen returning, another big variable will be what the Green Machine can get out of the guys up front.

Geneseo has enjoyed an unprecedented run of All-State caliber linemen with Sam Thomas last season and Jacob VanDoren leading the way two years ago.

A senior, Kyle Wise returns to give some stability at defensive end and tight end, and Kody Brower returns to try to shut down inside runs.

Geneseo’s real depth will be in the backfield, but Coach Johnsen said the team is working on developing as many people as possible.

The Green Machine’s Drew Rapps, Nick Swartzendruber and Ryver Griffin are three senior leaders with varsity experience.

Geneseo juniors Zac Olson and Colton Pischke have explosive speed to give the Green Machine a nice complement of runners.

“There’s a lot of guys who can play there and that’s comforting,” Johnsen said.

Kyle Toone will give Geneseo the strong leadership under center the team needs.

Toone checks all the boxes for what a team looks for in a quarterback with toughness, a strong arm, and command of the huddle.

“He brings experience,” Johnsen said. “He played 10 games for us last year as the starting quarterback. You have to have experience, and you can just tell the way he carries himself out here in a scrimmage that he’s more acclimated to the game.”

Geneseo has a unique situation with a pair of quarterbacks who can step in if needed.

Jaren Brucher has a great feel for the pocket, and Isaiah Rivera showed potential leading the sophomore team as a freshman last year.

Kicker Jack Hinton will be the key piece to the special teams unit.

Hinton was outstanding pinning teams deep on kickoffs last season.

With so much changing around them, Geneseo will be tested in almost ever game.

Geneseo will face Northern Illinois Big 12 cross conference foes Kaneland and Morris and NIB 12 West rival Sterling, who advanced to the quarterfinals in Class 5A last season.