April 15, 2010

Second Football Spring Scrimmage On Saturday

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will hold its second scrimmage of the spring this Saturday (April 17) morning at Top Taggart Field.

The official scrimmage portion of the day begins at 11 a.m. (ET) with parents, alumni and fans all invited to attend and watch the action free of charge.

Saturday's scrimmage will be the second of three major scrimmages this spring for the Bulldogs, who will wrap up spring drills with the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game on Friday, April 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).

The Bulldogs' scrimmage on Saturday will represent their 12th official practice of the NCAA-allotted 15 spring football practice sessions, including scrimmages. 

FSU held its first scrimmage of the spring involving various situational plays last Saturday (April 10) morning, providing the first opportunity under game-like conditions for the Bulldogs' newly-installed offensive system under first-year coordinator Chris Boden.

"Last Saturday went well and I think we took a good stride," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce.  "We've got a lot of new things going in right now, but our guys have been very receptive to the change and we played with a lot of energy. We're not where we need to be, but the first scrimmage was a good step forward.

"The change has been good and we needed to make something happen," Pierce added. "The guys want to be successful and want to win as badly as anyone. The system we put in is a fairly user-friendly system that really stretches the field and is a well thought-out scheme. They are starting to click with it. As we get through the next few weeks, hopefuly we will continue to take more strides."

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 Pierce. Overall, FSU has put a winning stamp on 14 seasons over the last 21 years.

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