Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team will cap off its 2011 spring practice schedule with the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game this Thursday evening, April 21, at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The annual spring contest will start at approximately 6 p.m. (EDT) and the public is encouraged to attend free of charge.
A reception hosted by the FSU Gridiron Club will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. (ET) inside the second floor President's Box of the Wheeler Pavilion during the game. All club members, parents and local fans are invited to attend with light snacks provided along with a great view of the game. Information will also be available for any prospective Gridiron Club members.
The Crimson & Gold Spring Game will mark the end to FSU's official spring practice season, which started March 31 and includes 15 workouts per NCAA regulations.
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.