FSU Welcomes Incoming Players At Picnic Event

FSU Head Coach Jeff Pierce addresses the crowd at Wednesday's "Freshman Picnic" (Photo by Zeke Jennings, Big Rapids Pioneer)

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The FSU Gridiron Club hosted its 2010 "Freshman Picnic" to help welcome incoming football players to campus on Wednesday (Aug. 11) evening in Big Rapids, Mich.

In addition to approximately 40 incoming players, various community and club members along with families were in attendance.  The event was sponsored by the Gridiron Club and moved indoors to the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) Building located near Top Taggart Field due to rain.

The freshman and transfer players were treated to a picnic dinner in the lobby of the IRC Building with a handful of returning veterans on hand to greet them.  Following dinner, the evening activities were moved into an auditorium setting within the building.

Head Coach Jeff Pierce spoke to the players and their parents with Bulldog alum and current Gridiron Club President Bill Scheible serving as the night's master of ceremonies.  FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles also spoke briefly on upcoming promotions for Ferris home games this fall.

The FSU coaching staff and athletics department staff members were introduced to the public at the picnic. After the introductions, each new Bulldog player also provided introductions of themselves and their respective family members on hand.

"The potential of the group of people in this room right now is enormous," Pierce said.  "This will be different than high school, though, for these kids.  It's a year-round commitment and it's a passion to be able to do this and want to do this."

After the introductions and comments from Coach Pierce, the FSU Gridiron Club members met with the parents in attendance to cover a variety of topics on the upcoming season while the incoming freshmen spent time meeting with team coaches.

The incoming players reported to fall camp on Wednesday (Aug. 11) morning for check-in and physicals prior to the picnic and meeting. Veterans players reported Thursday (Aug. 12) morning with testing and meetings set for the first day of camp. The first practice is slated to be held on Friday (Aug. 13) at 12:30 p.m. (ET) following additional testing.  Approximately 115 players are slated to begin camp with the Bulldogs this season.

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 7 p.m. (ET) non-conference tilt at HC's Muddy Waters Stadium.  The home opener and initial Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest is the following week on Saturday, Sept. 11, as FSU hosts Saginaw Valley State at 6 p.m. (ET).

Please visit this link below for a complete photo gallery of the picnic.  All photos are courtesy of Zeke Jennings (Big Rapids Pioneer) and Rob Bentley.

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