Recap Of FSU Gridiron Club "Freshman Picnic"

Head Coach Jeff Pierce speaks to the crowd

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The FSU Gridiron Club hosted its 2009 "Freshman Picnic" to help welcome incoming football players to campus on Wednesday (Aug. 5) evening at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

In addition to the players, various community and club members along with families were in attendance.  The event was sponsored by the Gridiron Club.

The FSU coaching staff and incoming players were introduced to the public at the picnic. After the introductions, the FSU Gridiron Club members and school administrators met with the parents in attendance to cover a variety of topics on the upcoming season while the incoming freshmen spent time meeting with team coaches.

The incoming players reported to fall camp on Wednesday (Aug. 5) morning for check-in and physicals prior to the picnic and meeting. Veterans players reported Thursday (Aug. 6) morning with testing and meetings set for the first day of camp. The first practice is slated to be held on Friday (Aug. 7) morning at 10 a.m. (EDT) following additional testing.

Ferris State will kickoff its 101st season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Top Taggart Field. The game will take place during FSU "Welcome Week" activities and be part of a true "Community Football Day" atmosphere as Big Rapids High School will also open its 2009 season versus Holton earlier in the day (2:30 p.m.) in the same facility and a rocket football contest will be part of the FSU halftime events.

The Bulldogs were chosen earlier this week to finish seventh in the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Preseason Coaches Poll.  Earlier this summer, FSU was mentioned as one of the region's "Teams To Watch" in the 2009 Sporting News College Football Yearbook.

Please visit this link below for a complete photo gallery of the picnic.  All photos are courtesy of the Big Rapids Pioneer.

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