Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will hold its first major scrimmage of the spring this Saturday (April 9) morning at Top Taggart Field.
The team will start to take the field at 7:45 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 certain 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 16) at 1 p.m. (ET) followed by the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game on Thursday, April 21, 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 103rd season of varsity competition this fall by hosting Hillsdale in a non-conference matchup on Friday, Sept. 2, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Top Taggart Field. 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 at Saginaw Valley State in their first road contest on Saturday, Sept. 10, at SVSU's Wickes Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).
The Bulldogs' 2011 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 is expected to return nearly 50 letterwinners for the 2011 campaign, including almost 19 full-time starters with nine on the defensive side of the ball and eight coming back offensively along with two kicking specialists.