First Fall Football Scrimmage In The Books

The Bulldogs held their first scrimmage Saturday (Photo courtesy Big Rapids Pioneer)
The Bulldogs held their first scrimmage Saturday (Photo courtesy Big Rapids Pioneer)

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The 2009 Ferris State University football team held its first fall scrimmage on Saturday (Aug. 15) morning before a number of parents, fans and community members at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs scrimmaged for over two hours in the morning sun with several offensive units working against the defense on the Mondo Ecofill artificial surface.  FSU also spent time working on various special teams phases and wrapped up the scrimmage with red zone work near the South endzone.

Senior Kyle Parrish, sophomore Tom Schneider and redshirt freshman Robert Banaszak all split time taking repetitions with several different offensive groupings before giving way to a group of younger quarterbacks late in the scrimmage.

Several key veteran players were held out of the scrimmage for various reasons.

"We saw a lot of good things happen and also found some areas where we still need some work," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce.  "It was pretty typical for a first scrimmage, but it shows we're making progress and continuing to move towards where we need to be this fall."

Big plays were found on both sides of the ball, including several long runs from younger members of the offensive unit seeing their first action in a game-type situation.

"We have some explosive young players at the skill positions on the offensive side and they have the ability to make huge plays for us," said Offensive Coordinator Matt McCarthy.  "They're still young and are going to make some mistakes, but if we can minimize those we'll be in good shape by the time the first game rolls around."

The squad's final scrimmage will be held prior to FSU's annual media/fans photo day activities on Friday, Aug. 21. The final scrimmage will begin at 9 a.m. (EDT) with the media/photo day taking place at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Ferris State will kickoff its 101st season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 29, againstthe Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contestat 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.

Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the game or for more information please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.