Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team is slated to hold its second major scrimmage of the spring this Saturday (April 16) afternoon at Top Taggart Field.
The official scrimmage portion of the day begins at 1 p.m. (ET) with parents, alumni and fans all invited to attend and watch the action free of charge. The scrimmage will follow a spread offense coaches clinic the Bulldogs are hosting for prep coaches in the morning.
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 Thursday, April 21, 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 9) morning, providing the first opportunity under game-like conditions for the Bulldogs' this spring.
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.