Ferris State Football Preseason Camp Continues In Big Rapids
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program continues to prepare for its 2013 season opener as fall preseason camp continues this week in Big Rapids.
The Bulldogs, who reported to camp on Tuesday (Aug. 13), are slated to hold their first practice in full pads on Monday afternoon. The first official two-a-day practice session is scheduled for Tuesday at Top Taggart Field with both a morning and afternoon workout on the agenda.
Many of the workouts and regular meetings to date have included special teams work in all phases of the game in addition to offensive and defensive drills. The Bulldogs wore only helmets the first two sessions followed by two days of half-shell work per NCAA regulations.
Later this week, FSU will hold its 2013 Media & Photo Day on Friday (Aug. 23) at Top Taggart Field. Regional and statewide media are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature the availability of Ferris State football student-athletes and coaches for interviews. The event will be held in conjunction with the squad's individual and team photo shoot from 1 to 3 p.m. (ET) with all players in uniform.
Throughout Ferris' three-week training camp period, regular activities include not only practices and scrimmages, but also meetings, lifting, conditioning, testing, orientation sessions and more leading up to the season opener.
The Bulldogs return more than 40 letterwinners and 17 starters from a year ago when they finished with a 7-4 overall record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) during head coach Tony Annese's debut campaign.
Ferris State begins its 105th season of varsity competition by facing a North Dakota State on Sept. 7 at Gate City Bank Field inside the Fargodome at Fargo, N.D. The Bison are the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Champions and the preseason number one team in the country. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET) and the contest will be televised live by ESPN3.
The week one test will kickoff an 11-game Bulldog football slate in 2013 that features five home contests at Top Taggart Field and a 10-game GLIAC schedule. FSU will play its home opener the following week on Sept. 14 as the Bulldogs open league action in Big Rapids against the Lake Erie Storm starting at 7 p.m. (ET).
Expectations are high at Ferris State in year two under Annese. The Bulldogs posted a 7-4 overall mark in his debut season last fall (2012) and FSU ranked among the nation's top 10 teams in both rushing offense and total offense.
The Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction a year ago, 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 inked what is considered to be the nation's top incoming recruiting class in Division II football, according to FootballScoop.com.
Both season and individual game tickets for all 2013 home contests are now on sale and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or online at StarTickets.com. For more information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.