FSU Gridiron Club To Hold "Freshman Picnic"

Head Coach Jeff Pierce speaks to the crowd at last year's "Freshman Picnic" (Photo courtesy Big Rapids Pioneer)

Big Rapids, Mich. - The FSU Gridiron Club will welcome the 2010 Ferris State University football incoming freshman class by holding its annual "Freshman Picnic" on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The families of the incoming players and the Big Rapids community are invited and encouraged to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Gridiron Club. The picnic will begin at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Following the picnic at 7:30 p.m. (EDT), the FSU coaching staff and incoming players will be introduced to the public. After the introductions, the FSU Gridiron Club members will meet with the parents in attendance to cover a variety of topics on the upcoming season while the incoming freshmen will meet at the same time with team coaches.

For more information on the picnic, please contact Bill Scheible with the Gridiron Club via email at bill.scheible.gaum@statefarm.com.

The incoming players will report to fall camp on Wednesday (Aug. 11) morning for check-in and physicals prior to the picnic and meeting. Veterans players will report on 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) morning following additional testing.

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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (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.