Big Rapids, Mich. - A big momentum-changing play has landed Ferris State University football junior defensive end Cody Groulx (Montrose/Hill McCloy) with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
The 6-1, 227-pound Groulx provided perhaps the biggest play of the day in the Bulldogs' decisive 48-13 league win over Tiffin on Saturday (Sept. 24) at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio. With the Bulldogs trailing 7-3 late in the first quarter, Groulx blocked a Dragon punt and recovered it in the endzone for his first career touchdown.
Groulx's score turned the tide of the contest as FSU scored the next 45 points to take a 48-7 advantage in the fourth quarter prior to a late Tiffin score. It was the first of two blocked kicks for the Bulldogs. The converted safety also added three tackles in the contest.
This week marks the second consecutive week a Bulldog player has earned the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honor as freshman kicker Victor Bodrie (Northville) claimed the same recognition a week ago following his career debut against Ohio Dominican (Sept. 17).
It is also the third time a FSU player has picked up a GLIAC weekly honor this campaign as junior tailback Skyler Stoker (Jackson/Grass Lake) earned the offensive player of the week award for his season-opening rushing performance in a win over nationally-ranked Hillsdale (Sept. 2).
The GLIAC weekly honor is chosen by the league office staff and sponsored by Hit Trophy.
Groulx previously appeared in all 10 games at safety as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and finished with 15 total tackles, including eight solo efforts while making two starts. He moved to defensive end a year ago, but missed all of the 2010 campaign due to injury.
Previously, Groulx was a two-time first team all-league selection and a Detroit Free Press and Detroit News All-State First Team recipient as a prep senior at Hill McCloy High School.
Ferris State improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the GLIAC with the win over Tiffin.
The Bulldogs return home to host Lake Erie on Saturday, Oct. 1, at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff for the Hall of Fame Game is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and a world record attempt will take place before the game as FSU tries to loft 2,500 pink discs thru the air at one time as part of the Paint Big Rapids Pink initiative in support of breast health awareness month.