Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team has chosen its team captains for the 2010 season as voted on by the team members. The announcement was made by 16th-year head coach Jeff Pierce.
The offensive captains will be junior quarterback Tom Schneider and senior guard Scott Shattuck. Senior safety Chad Wilson will be joined by senior linebacker Matt Ryan and senior defensive tackle Jacob Moreno in captaining the Bulldog defense.
Wilson will be a captain for the second-straight season with the others earning the captain's nod for the first time.
"These five guys are certainly deserving of serving as captains and will do an outstanding job of leading this team," Pierce said. "Our entire team votes on the captains each year and these individuals are worthy of this important role."
Schneider returns to the quarterback position this fall after being injured last season. Despite the injury, he found a way to be on the field as both a receiver and fullback in the FSU offense. He ran the ball 29 times for 96 yards and one TD in 2009 while completing 27 passes for 86 yards and a score. The two-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic Team pick made 10 starts at quarterback in 2008 and led the team in rushing with 519 yards and six TD's. He threw for 884 yards and two touchdowns on 74 of 162 passing his freshman year.
The 6-2, 283-pound Shattuck will shift to right guard this fall
after seeing action on both the left side and at center earlier in
his playing career. He started seven games in 2009 and was a
GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree for the second-straight year.
Previously, he started all 11 contests at center in 2008 and
briefly spent time with the defensive line in the spring of '09
before moving back to the offensive side last fall.
Defensively, Wilson was an honorable mention All-GLIAC pick in 2008 when he placed fifth among the team's leaders with 53 total tackles. Wilson, who missed all of last season due to injury, also had two interceptions, two tackles for loss and a sack to go with seven pass breakups in '08. He picked off a Northern Michigan pass in the final seconds and ran it back 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown to lift the Bulldogs to a thrilling 31-24 come from behind triumph over the Wildcats (9/27/08) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.
Ryan claimed All-GLIAC Second Team laurels and was chosen as FSU's team Most Valuable Player Award recipient last season after placing third in the conference and tied for eighth nationally in total tackles (11.3 pg.). The 6-2 senior led the Bulldogs with 124 stops last fall, including 54 unassisted tackles and 70 assisted hits. He also added 4.5 tackles for losss, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Ryan is a three-year letterwinner.
Finally, Moreno returns to the lineup after making eight starts a season ago. He was a GLIAC Honorable Mention selection who made 49 stops with 20 unassisted tackles. He also had 6.5 taackles for loss (-15 yards) to go with a quarterback sack, interception, pass breakup, quarterback hurry and fumble recovery. Moreno, who was tabbed as FSU's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman last year, previously started six games in 2008.
Ferris State will kickoff its 102nd season of varsity competition Friday, Sept. 3, against the Hillsdale Chargers in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at HC's Muddy Waters Stadium in Hillsdale, Mich.
The Bulldogs then open GLIAC play the following week with their first home contest of the 2010 season versus Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Sept. 11. Kickoff for the "Honoring American Heroes" Day tilt is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT) with a variety of activities taking place throughout the day.
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.