First Football Spring Scrimmage This Saturday

The Bulldogs hold their first spring scrimmage this Saturday (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
The Bulldogs hold their first spring scrimmage this Saturday (Photo by Sandy Gholston)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will hold its first major scrimmage of the spring this Saturday (April 10) morning at Top Taggart Field.

The team will start to take the field at 7:30 a.m. (ET) with specialists reporting first followed by the rest of the squad for stretching and warmup drills.  The official scrimmage portion of the morning begins at 8 a.m. (ET) with parents, alumni and fans all invited to attend and watch the action free of charge.

The scrimmage will be broken down into various situational plays involving all units with different down and distances throughout the session.  Special teams work will also be included with breakdowns of the punt and punt block units.

Saturday's scrimmage will be the first of three major scrimmages this spring for the Bulldogs, who are also scheduled to scrimmage again next Saturday (April 17) at 11 a.m. (ET) followed by the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game on Friday, April 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).

The annual Bulldog Track and Field Invitational will follow this Saturday's scrimmage at Top Taggart Field with both field and track events starting at 11 a.m. (ET), providing for a full day of activity at the stadium.

The Bulldogs' scrimmage on Saturday will represent their eighth official practice of the NCAA-allotted 15 spring football practice sessions, including scrimmages.  

Ferris State kicks off its 102nd season of varsity competition this fall by venturing to HC's Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium for a non-conference tilt in week one on Friday, Sept. 3, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EST).  FSU and Hillsdale are not scheduled to play each other as part of the GLIAC schedule this season.

The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, open GLIAC action the following week against Saginaw Valley State in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Top Taggart Field.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST).

The Bulldogs' 2010 schedule features alternating home and away games throughout the year as FSU will not play consecutive contests either at home or on the road at any point during the campaign.

Ferris State has registered five winning seasons in the last seven years along with nine winning campaigns overall in 15 years under head coach Jeff Pierce. Overall, FSU has put a winning stamp on 14 seasons over the last 21 years.