Ferris State's Justin Zimmer Named National & GLIAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Ferris State's Justin Zimmer Named National & GLIAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Big Rapids, Mich. - For the second consecutive week, a Ferris State University football player has claimed both conference and National Player of the Week recognition after a Bulldog victory.

Bulldog sophomore defensive end Justin Zimmer (Greenville) was rewarded for his efforts in the Bulldogs' weekend win by being chosen as one of this week's Beyond Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week recipients along with earning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Defensive Player of the Week Award.

Zimmer had perhaps his best contest in a Bulldog uniform as Ferris State posted a decisive 34-7 league road win over defending conference champion Ashland on Saturday (Sept. 21) night in FSU's first-ever trip to Jack Miller Stadium. 

In the win over Ashland, Zimmer scored his first career touchdown on a 20-yard interception return late in the first half to push the Bulldogs' advantage to 27-0 at halftime.  He also tallied 4.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss to go with a team-high 10 total stops.  Additionally, he broke up a pass and forced a key fumble as Ferris State took control in the first half of action.

His performance helped the Bulldog defense allow only seven points after giving up 49 points or more in each of the first two games this campaign.  He also accounted for nearly all of FSU's five sacks on the day while his interception was one of three turnovers forced by the Ferris State defense. 

Zimmer was one of only two defensive ends in Division II to earn National Defensive Player of the Week kudos and joins sophomore quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian), who claimed offensive recognition last week, as a National Player of the Week recipient for the Bulldogs this campaign.

With Saturday's win over Ashland, the Bulldogs moved to 2-1 overall and remained unbeaten with a 2-0 mark in the GLIAC.

Ferris State heads back to Ohio this Saturday (Sept. 28) to face Walsh University in a 6 p.m. (ET) evening tilt at historic Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.  The stadium is located at the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.