Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program will be featured across West Michigan on Thursday (Aug. 22) morning as the Bulldogs' 2013 campaign is previewed as part of WBBL's morning radio show, the Rundown with Doctor & Bentley.
The show, which is hosted by Tim Doctor & former NFL linebacker Ray Bentley each weekday morning, will highlight the Bulldogs' during the 7 a.m. (ET) hour on West Michigan's Sports Leader 107.3 FM. The show runs daily from 6-9 a.m. Monday thru Friday and is also accessible online at www.wbbl.com.
Thursday morning listeners will hear from Ferris State head coach Tony Annese, assistant coach and Grand Rapids native Sparky McEwen along with FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. A pair of Bulldog football players from the West Michigan area are also slated to be interviewed, including junior quarterback Taylor Masiewicz and senior receiver Jace Heneveld.
WBBL is owned and operated by Cumulus Media and Mediaspan. The station regularly covers high school, collegiate and professional sports across the state with featured shows such as The Rundown, the Huge Show, Jim Rome, Dan Patrick and others in addition to live game coverage.
FSU began a successful partnership with WBBL last fall with the debut of "Ferris State Friday's" on WBBL, which included a segment and ticket giveaway each Friday morning during the football and fall sports season. The segment will continue this fall each Friday morning with more information to be announced soon.
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.