The Ferris State University football team has chosen its team captains for the 2009 season as voted on by the team members. The announcement was made by 15th-year head coach Jeff Pierce.
The offensive captains will be
senior quarterback Kyle Parrish (Garden
Grove, Calif./Santiago) and senior right tackle Brad
Bammert (Flushing). Senior safety Chad
Wilson (Howell) and senior middle linebacker Nick
Butler (Midland) will captain the Bulldog defense.
"All four of these guys have made a tremendous committment to our program and will do an outstanding job of leading this team," Pierce said. "Our entire team votes on the captains each year and they've done a great job in choosing these four individuals for the 2009 season."
Parrish threw for a team-high 911 yards on 75-of-137 passing along with six touchdown tosses in his initial Bulldog campaign a season ago. He also ran for 291 yards on 68 carries. His season was highlighted by a career-high 404 yards passing in a win at Indianapolis (Oct. 11) as he completed 26-of-41 balls with four TD's, helping him set a new school record with 477 total offensive yards off the bench.
Meanwhile, Bammert enters his third-year as the squad's starter at right tackle and has made 22 consecutive starts heading into the 2009 season. He received the team's Bulldog Award for his spring practice efforts in 2007 after playing in four games as a reserve during the 2006 campaign.
Defensively, Wilson was an honorable mention All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) pick a season ago when he placed fifth among the team's leaders with 53 total tackles. Wilson, whose status remains in doubt following a preseason injury, also had two interception, two tackles for loss and a sack to go with seven pass breakups last fall. He picked off a Northern Michigan pass in the final seconds and ran it back 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 31-24 come from behind triumph over the Wildcats (Sept. 27) last season at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.
Finally, Butler is expected to crack the lineup this season as the squad's starting middle linebacker after playing behind two All-GLIAC honorees in Kevin Noe and Mike Klobucher during his Bulldog career. The 5-10 Butler, who has been a valuable special teams contributor in his FSU career, has made 20 tackles in 21 career outings to date including seven unassisted stops. Butler was the squad's defensive Bulldog Award recipient for his work this past spring.
Ferris State will kickoff its 101st season of varsity
competition this Saturday (Aug. 29) evening 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