The Ferris State University football program will hold its annual Media/Fans Photo Day in conjunction with the final preseason scrimmage Friday, Aug. 21, at Top Taggart Field on the FSU campus in Big Rapids, Mich.
There is no admission charge and the general public is welcome to attend the event. The Bulldogs will play their final 2009 fall camp scrimmage starting at 9 a.m. (EDT) on the newly-installed Mondo Ecofill artificial surface at Top Taggart Field.
Regional and statewide media are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature the availability of Ferris State football student-athletes and coaches for interviews following the scrimmage around 11 a.m. (EDT).
The Ferris State players and coaches will report back to the stadium at 1 p.m. (EDT) for the program's annual photo day activities. Team and individual photos will be taken and players will be available to fans for autographs and photographs in uniform. Additionally, any media representatives who are unable to attend in the morning will also have an opportunity to interview coaches and players at this time. The Bulldog Football Media/Fans Photo Day provides an opportunity for local and statewide media outlets to interview various players and staff associated with the 2009 Ferris football team.
Ferris State registered its fifth winning season in the last six years with a 6-5 overall record in 2008. It represented the program's ninth winning campaign in 14 years under Pierce and marked the 14th time in the last 20 years the Bulldogs have finished above .500 for the year. FSU was an even 5-5 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action during the '08 campaign, which represented the program's 100th season of varsity competition.
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, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, open GLIAC action the following Saturday, Sept. 5, at home versus the Ashland Eagles with kickoff also set for 7 p.m. (EDT). The game will be part of the area's annual Riverdays Festival with the traditional Fireworks Night festivities taking place following the contest.
A highlight of the Bulldogs' 2009 campaign will come on Saturday, Oct. 3, when FSU takes on Michigan Tech in the "Battle At The Ballpark", which will be played on the home field of Minor League Baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich., starting at 7 p.m. (EDT).
Note For Media Only: For more information or special requests pertaining to the Bulldog Football Media/Fans Photo Day event, please contact Assistant Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley in the Ferris State Athletics Communications Office at (231) 591-3821 or via cell phone at (231) 349-1934. He can also be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For media best accomodation, please notify the Ferris Athletics Communications staff if you're planning to attend.