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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program recently put the final touches on a rigorous offseason workout program as the Bulldogs prepare to open fall camp next week.
The offseason workout program, which was directed by assistant coach Whitney Bell, included both weightroom sessions along with various levels of conditioning work. It lasted the course of the summer for those remaining in Big Rapids and came on the heels of a challenging winter conditioning program leading up to spring drills.
Seven individuals led the way for the Bulldogs in the summer program. They included senior safety Chad Wilson, senior receiver Matt Schuelke, senior offensive guard Scott Shattuck, junior receiver Damien Miller, junior center Jake Hancock, redshirt freshman lineman Brad Boehmer along with redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Buday.
"We had a great summer overall in terms of guys putting the work in to be successful," said Bell. "I applaud these guys especially for their efforts and leadership."
In recognition of their efforts, the group gathered for a photo shoot on Tuesday (Aug. 3) at the local Michigan Army National Guard post in Big Rapids. The "Battle Ready" photo will be enlarged and will hang in the FSU team locker room this season.
Additionally, each player wore personalized dog tags featuring the team's summer slogan, "Buy In, Sell Out".
FSU will begin official preseason preparations for the 2010 campaign next Wednesday (Aug. 11) as the squad's freshmen report to campus for the first time. The Bulldogs' returning veterans will check in on Thursday (Aug. 12) with the squad's first official practice set for Friday (Aug. 13) morning.
As a follow up to the summer program, the Bulldogs will test players in the bench press, power clean, vertical jump, Steeler drill and 300-yard shuttle during the opening two days of fall camp.
FSU will hold 25 workouts along with two major scrimmages prior to the team's season opener on Friday, Sept. 3, when they visit Hillsdale for a non-conference tilt at HC's Muddy Waters Stadium.
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Pictured in the photo are: Front (left to right) - Mike Buday, Jake Hancock, Matt Schuelke, Scott Shattuck, Brad Boehmer. Back (left to right) - Damien Miller, Chad Wilson.
Photo by Ed Hyde, FSU Photographic Services
Photo illustration by Kelly Kachaterian
Special thanks go to the Michigan Army National Guard both for use of their facility/equipment for the photo shoot and protecting our freedom on a daily basis.
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