Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University football fans will have an opportunity to watch the Bulldogs in action as they prepare for the 2013 campaign this Saturday, April 13, when the squad hosts its annual Crimson & Gold Spring Game at Top Taggart Field.
The annual spring contest will start at 12 p.m. (EDT) and "Bulldog Nation" is invited and encouraged to attend free of charge.
The Crimson & Gold Spring Game will continue FSU's official spring practice drills under head coach Tony Annese. The Bulldogs opened the spring workouts on March 22 and the slate includes a total of 15 workouts per NCAA regulations.
Saturday's contest will provide fans with an opportunity to watch the Bulldogs for the first time since last fall in a game-like situation under Coach Annese and his staff.
In his first season at the Bulldog helm last fall, Annese guided Ferris State to a 7-4 overall mark and FSU ranked among the nation's top teams in both rushing offense and total offense. For his efforts, he was a national semifinalist in voting for the prestigious Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
In 2012, the Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
Besides putting together an impressive debut season with the Bulldogs, Annese and his staff also recently inked what many consider to be one of the nation's top incoming recruiting classes in Division II football.
This year's Crimson & Gold Spring game will follow the annual "Big Event", which is an important citywide cleanup initiative that involves student organizations. Nearly 2,000 students are expected to participate in the effort and help clean up approximately 300 residences in the community.
Members of the Bulldog Football team will also participate in the "Big Event" cleanup effort prior to the annual spring game on Saturday.
The Big Event impacts hundreds of community members in the city of Big Rapids and its surrounding area. As the largest student-run community service effort in the nation, The Big Event is a one-of-a-kind volunteer effort that unifies the campus with the surrounding community in a showing of gratitude through philanthropy. Students perform small service projects such as yard work, washing windows and painting for the residents of the community at no cost. This is a way for students to reach out and thank their community for their endless support of the campus.