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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University junior outside linebacker Kyle Fitzpatrick (Vestaburg) has been tabbed as this week's (Aug. 31) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office.
Fitzpatrick helped the Bulldogs to an impressive 34-14 season-opening home triumph over Tiffin in non-league play this past Saturday (Aug. 29) evening at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
He provided one of the night's biggest highlights with his 65-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter of the contest. The TD was part of a 20-point Bulldog scoring burst over the final 4:24 of the first half.
In addition to the interception return, Fitzpatrick also compiled five total tackles with four solo stops along with both a sack and a tackle for loss. His play helped the Bulldog defense limit the Dragons to only 231 total yards for the game and FSU also forced four turnovers in the outing.
A two-year letterwinner, Fitzpatrick has currently compiled 25 total tackles in 23 contests for the Bulldogs during his career. He's twice been named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team in his career and saw action in all 11 contests a season ago.
Ferris State continues its season-opening two-game homestand this Saturday (Sept. 5) by hosting the nationally-ranked Ashland Eagles in the GLIAC opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (EDT) and the annual fireworks display will take place following the contest. Tickets will be available at the gate.