Ferris Football Presents 2009 Team Awards

FSU head coach Jeff Pierce (left) congratulates 2009 team MVP Matt Ryan (right) - Courtesy Photo
FSU head coach Jeff Pierce (left) congratulates 2009 team MVP Matt Ryan (right) - Courtesy Photo

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior linebacker Matt Ryan (Howell) was recently honored as the Bulldogs' 2009 team Most Valuable Player Award recipient. The award winners were announced at the program's season-ending awards banquet last Sunday (Nov. 8) at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

Serving as the day's Master of Ceremonies was radio play-by-play announcer Jason DaDay.  Pastor Mike Wissink, who serves as the team chaplain, delivered the invocation.

The 6-1 Ryan made the most of his first season as a starter as he led the Bulldogs in tackles with 124 stops this season, which also included 54 solo hits. He placed third among the conference's leading tacklers (11.3 tpg.) and concluded the regular-season ranked tied for eighth nationally in Division II en route to earning All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Second Team laurels.

Besides finishing with 124 tackles, Ryan also added 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble for the 2009 season. He recorded 10 tackles or more in seven contests, including each of the final six outings of the year. Ryan had a personal career-high 20 tackles at Wayne State (Oct. 17) and wrapped up the season with 18 stops last Saturday (Nov. 7) at Saginaw Valley State.

The Bulldog coaching staff presented the Most Valuable Offensive Skill Player honor to Ryan's younger brother, sophomore wide receiver Mike Ryan (Howell), while senior defensive back Angelo Williams (Jackson) picked up team Most Valuable Defensive Skill Player honors and sophomore receiver Aaron Olman (Grandville) was the recipient of FSU's Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Rookie laurels were earned by sophomore center Jake Hancock (Big Rapids) and redshirt freshman defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago/Mt. Carmel), respectively. Meanwhile, junior linebacker Kyle Fitzpatrick (Vestaburg) claimed Most Improved Defensive Player kudos while sophomore receiver Damien Miller (Elsie/Ovid-Elsie) tallied the program's Most Improved Offensive Player Award.

FSU's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman for the 2009 campaign was senior right guard Joe Doman (Ann Arbor/Whitmore Lake) with junior defensive tackle Jacob Moreno (Holt) being tabbed as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman.

The staff also recognized senior quarterback Kyle Parrish (Garden Grove, Calif./Santiago) on offense along with senior defensive tackle Kory Deering (Grand Rapids/West Catholic) and senior linebacker Chad Schoen (Woodhaven/Gibraltar Carlson) on defense as this year's Coaches Award honorees. Bulldog Spirit Awards were given to senior safety Santino Favot (South Lyon) and senior offensive tackle Brad Bammert (Flushing).

Senior middle linebacker Nick Butler (Midland) and sophomore multiple position player Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) both received the Rich Currie EPEP (Every Player, Every Play) Award for the defensive and offensive units, respectively.

Freshman linebacker Max Bankston (Frankfort) was this year's recipient of the Tomorrow's Team Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Bill and Lynne Scheible Scholarship Award for Tomorrow's Team Offensive Player of the Year Award went to freshman Brandon Bryant (Novi).

Additionally, the Bulldogs recognized Butler, Parrish, Bammert and senior safety Chad Wilson (Howell), who missed the entire campaign due to injury, for their roles in serving as team captains for the 2009 season.

Along with the team awards, the Bulldog staff also recognized the program's academic award winners, which included 14 Dean's Academic Award recipients.  Schneider was chosen as the squad's President's Academic Award winner for maintaining the team's highest grade point average.

2009 Team Award Winners:

Most Valuable Player - Matt Ryan
Most Valuable Offensive Lineman -  Joe Doman
Most Valuable Defensive Lineman - Jacob Moreno
Most Valuable Offensive Skill Player - Mike Ryan
Most Valuable Defensive Skill Player - Angelo Williams
Special Teams Player of the Year - Aaron Olman
Coaches Award - Kyle Parrish (Offense), Kory Deering (Defense), Chad Schoen (Defense)
Bulldog Spirit Award - Santino Favot (Defense), Brad Bammert (Defense)
Most Improved Offensive Player - Damien Miller
Most Improved Defensive Player - Kyle Fitzpatrick
Outstanding Offensive Rookie - Jake Hancock
Outstanding Defensive Rookie - Jordan Morgan
Rich Currie EPEP - Nick Butler (Defense), Tom Schneider (Offense)
Tomorrow's Team Defensive Player of the Year - Max Banktson
Tomorrow's Team Offensive Player of the Year - Brandon Bryant
Team Captains - Parrish, Bammert, Butler, Chad Wilson