PREVIEW: Ferris State Football Set For Saturday Homecoming Showdown
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This Week: The Ferris State University football team returns home to host Saginaw Valley State in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division showdown this Saturday, Oct. 5, at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (ET) for the Bulldogs' annual homecoming contest.
Ticket Information: Tickets for Saturday's game are currently on sale and can be bought online at www.startickets.com or purchased in person at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) along with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET). Fans can save and avoid potential lines by purchasing in advance. Additionally, the gameday ticket office located at Top Taggart Field will open earlier than usual on Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET). For more info, visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888.
Longstanding Series: Ferris State and Saginaw Valley State will meet for the 39th-straight year dating back to 1975 as the two schools have faced either other every season without interruption since the series' originally began. FSU holds a 19-18-1 all-time edge counting two forfeit victories over the Cardinals.
National Computer Rankings: Ferris State is currently listed among the nation's top 25 teams this week in two different computer rankings. FSU is currently 12th in the CompughterRatings.com poll along with 19th in the Massey Ratings listing. SVSU is also ranked in both polls with the Cardinals 19th in the CompughterRatings.com poll and 24th according to the Massey Ratings.
Massey Ratings: The Bulldogs are listed 16th this week in the Division II Massey Ratings, which is an online computerized ranking system. FSU is one of three GLIAC schools found in the top 25 nationally of 168 total Division II schools. Ohio Dominican is listed 12th and SVSU 24th of the GLIAC member schools found in the listing besides FSU. FSU's current strength of schedule, according to the Massey Ratings, is sixth nationally. A year ago, the Bulldogs faced one of the nation's two strongest schedules.
Close Series: Each of the last three contests between the Bulldogs and Cardinals have been closely contested. FSU recorded 21-17 win at home in 2010 with the Cardinals returning the favor by a 30-27 count in University Center in 2011. A year ago, SVSU pulled out a 31-24 overtime triumph at home. Overall, 28 of the 38 meetings between the two teams have been determined by 15 points or less.
GLIAC North Play: Saturday's game opens GLIAC North Division play for both teams. The next seven games in a row to wrap up the regular-season are versus divisional opponents.
Great In Game Five: Saturday's contest will mark FSU's fifth game of the 2013 season. The Bulldogs have posted a 17-4-1 overall record in game five of a campaign dating back to 1990. Ferris State has had more success in game five than any other week going back to 1990.
Media Coverage: Saturday's game will be carried live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. The contest will also be streamed with free live audio and pay-per-view at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Links for all media coverage will be posted on FSU's official athletics website.
Follow On Twitter: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Saturday's contest and all other FSU games this year with live scoring updates on several official social media platforms. Visit www.twitter.com/FerrisFootball to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates or visitwww.facebook.com/FerrisFootball.
The Records: Ferris State is currently 3-1 overall and unbeaten in the GLIAC at 3-0 after a dominating 59-16 triumph over Walsh in the Bulldogs' first-ever visit to Canton, Ohio, this past Saturday (Sept. 28). The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 after one quarter before scoring the next 38 points en route to the victory. It was the second of back-to-back GLIAC road wins for FSU.
Saginaw Valley State is currently 3-1 overall and unbeaten in the GLIAC as well at 3-0 in league play after a 51-41 home win over Lake Erie last Saturday (Sept. 28). The Cardinals' lone loss came in their season opener to Division II power Northwest Missouri State on the road.
The Coaches: Ferris State – TonyAnnese (Alma, 1983), 2nd season, 10-5-0 (.667) – (0-1-0 vs. SVSU). Annese recorded a 195-41 (.826) mark as a head coach in four stops at the high school level before totaling a 30-4 (.882) record in three years as the head coach at Grand Rapids Community College. His overall career mark is 235-50 (.825) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns.
Saginaw Valley State – Jim Collins (Wittenberg, 1988), 6th season, 37-21-0 (.638); Career: 20th season, 107-98-0 (.522) – (4-1-0 vs. Ferris State). Collins is midst his sixth season at SVSU after spending 11 years at NCAA-III Capital (Ohio) where his team was 44-13 over the final five years. He was a graduate assistant at Central Michigan in 1989-90.
The Bulldog Season: The Bulldogs opened 2013 with a 56-10 road setback at two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State (Sept. 7) before a sellout crowd of nearly 19,000 fans at the Fargodome. FSU then followed with an exciting 56-49 league home win over Lake Erie (Sept. 14) in the league opener and topped defending league champion Ashland 34-7 on the road (Sept. 21) before the win over Walsh last week. FSU posted a 7-4 overall mark a season ago and was 6-4 in GLIAC play in the first season under head coach Tony Annese. The Bulldogs won three of their initial four games and also finished the year by winning three of their last four outings in 2012.
New Video Board: Ferris State will unveil its new Daktronics scoreboard and sound system in conjunction with the homecoming matchup against SVSU. The new scoreboard, which includes a LED video board, was approved by the Ferris State board of trustees in early July. It will put FSU on par or above competing schools in Division II in providing an entertaining game day experience. It will replace the previous system that dated back to the 1980's.
Beating The Ranked Cardinals: Two of FSU's last three home matchups against SVSU at Top Taggart Field have resulted in FSU upsetting a ranked Cardinals' squad. Most recently, Ferris State defeated then 16th-ranked SVSU three years ago (9/11/10) as linebacker Tayo Moss came up with a game-saving interception in the final minute to preserve a 21-17 victory. The Bulldogs also faced a ranked SVSU team at home in 2006 and Ferris upset the then fifth-ranked Cardinals 26-23 (9/16/06). Former FSU All-America defensive tackle Jake Visser recovered a Saginaw Valley State fumble at FSU's two-yard line with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to preserve the Bulldogs' upset home victory.
OT Thriller: Last year's 31-24 overtime setback at nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State was FSU's first OT game since a 48-41 home win over Northwood in 2007. The setback snapped a six-game FSU win streak in overtime contests as the Bulldogs dropped to 6-2 all-time in extra session affairs.
Notes From Walsh: Last Saturday's win over Walsh came in the Bulldogs' first-ever visit to Canton and historic Fawcett Stadium located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. FSU improved to 2-0 all-time against the Cavaliers …. FSU compiled 615 yards of total offense, which marked the third time in 15 games during the Tony Annese era in which the Bulldogs have topped the 600-yard mark in a contest ….. Sophomore QB Jason Vander Laan ran for the Bulldogs' first three scores to give FSU a 21-3 halftime lead. Ferris State also scored twice early in the third quarter to put the game away … A total of 10 different players carried the ball and nine caught at least one pass for the Bulldogs in the victory.
On Homecoming: This year marks only the second time in school history in which the Bulldogs and Saginaw Valley State have met in FSU's annual homecoming contest. The Bulldogs own a 0-1 all-time mark versus SVSU on homecoming as the Cardinals pulled out a 31-28 victory in 1975 (10/4/75).
Homecoming Games: Ferris State is 34-36-2 (.486) in its Homecoming contests dating back to 1931 and has won 15 of its last 23 such encounters. The Bulldogs beat Northern Michigan 35-6 two years ago (10/15/11) in the homecoming contest before falling to Hillsdale 30-20 a year ago (10/12/12). The 2011 win marked FSU's second-straight homecoming triumph after a three-year homecoming skid from 2007-09.
Homecoming Notes: FSU's longest homecoming winning string is at nine (1981-89) ... Ferris State posted a 19-6 victory over Albion in its initial Homecoming in 1931 (10/17) … Hillsdale (2-7-0) represents the Bulldogs' most common Homecoming opponent while Wayne State (5-2-0) and Michigan Tech (2-4-0) are the second most common foes ... This year marks the third-straight time the Bulldogs have played an in-state foe on homecoming after five consecutive years against out-of-state competition from 2006-10.
In The Month: The Bulldogs have compiled a 58-39-1 (.597) record in October contests since 1990. FSU is 29-23-0 (.558) on the road and 28-17-1 (.620) at home during that span in the month of October. The Bulldogs were 3-1 in October last season.
Offensive Output: FSU's 59-point scoring output versus Walsh was its highest production since a 62-42 home win over Northern Michigan in 2005. It marked only the seventh time in the last eight years the Bulldogs have scored 45 points or more in a game, but was the second time this season and fourth time under head coach Tony Annese in which FSU has accomplished the feat. Ferris scored eight offensive touchdowns and rolled up 615 yards of total offense.
National Player Of The Week: Sophomore defensive end Justin Zimmer claimed National Player of the Week honors for FSU after the Bulldogs' road win at Ashland (Sept. 21) from Beyond Sports Network, D2football.com & USA College Football along with being the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded 10 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win over the Eagles. His played helped the Bulldog defense limit the Eagles to only seven points as FSU forced three turnovers.
More National Honors: Prior to Justin Zimmer's selection, FSU sophomore quarterback JasonVander Laan was tabbed as the National Offensive Player of the Week by D2football.com and Beyond Sports Network along with being chosen as the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week following Ferris State's home win over Lake Erie (Sept. 14). He accounted for seven touchdowns against the Storm while rushing for a career-high 279 yards and four scores. He was also 14-of-23 in the air for 170 yards and three scores with no interceptions or sacks. He averaged 10.3 yards per carry in the contest, including a 63-yard TD run.
Big Night: Presently, Jason Vander Laan's 279 total yards rushing versus Lake Erie ranks as NCAA Division II's second-highest single game performance of the season and he's presently 13th in the nation with 517 total rushing yards this campaign, which is among the best for all QB's in the country. He's also among the GLIAC leaders on the ground. His 279 total yards on the ground versus Lake Erie were the most by a Bulldog rusher since Andrew Terry established a NCAA record with 410 yards rushing on 38 carries against Findlay in 2004 (10/2/04) at Top Taggart Field.
Tops Among QB's: FSU's Jason Vander Laan currently ranks 12th all-time on the school career rushing list with 1,885 total yards. In last week's win over Walsh, he surpassed C.J. Van Wieren (2004-07) to become the school's all-time career leader in rushing yardage by a quarterback. Additionally, he currently ranks 15th in school history in passing yardage with 2,118 total yards. He's only 65 yards away from 14th place all-time, which is presently held by current FSU wide receivers coach Sparky McEwen, who totaled 2,183 passing yards in his Bulldog career. Vander Laan also ranks 11th in school history with 3,973 career yards of total offense and is 27 shy of reaching 4,000 for his career.
Bulldog Quick Preview: Expectations are high at Ferris State in year two under head coach Tony 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.
Ironically, the Bulldogs' most recent contest prior to this season's opener inside the Fargodome at North Dakota State also took place in a domed venue as the Bulldogs concluded 2012 in memorable fashion by beating Northern Michigan 32-31 last fall (Nov. 10) as Annese's squad went for the win and successfully completed a two-point conversion with nine seconds remaining in regulation rather than electing to kick an extra point to force overtime at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
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 this winter in Division II football, according to FootballScoop.com.
GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Ferris State University football team was selected to finish third in the 2013 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason North Division Poll, which was released in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Football Media Day website. The Bulldogs received 69 points along with one first-place vote in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 15 head coaches. This year marks the third time the league's preseason gridiron poll has been seperated by divisions. In the North Division, Grand Valley State was picked first with 94 points and six first-place votes, Saginaw Valley State was second with 87 points and six first-place votes. Ashland was chosen to win the GLIAC South.
AFCA Division II Poll: The Bulldogs were among eight teams from the conference ranked or listed as receiving votes in the 2013 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches' Poll. Ashland was ninth, Grand Valley State 14th along with Saginaw Valley State University 22nd in the nation. Five other GLIAC teams were listed in the "Others Receiving Votes" category including Michigan Tech, Ferris State, Hillsdale, Ohio Dominican and Wayne State. FSU received 12 points in this week's poll to remain listed under consideration while SVSU earned three points in the same category.
Ohio Stretch: Ferris State wrapped up its GLIAC South Division stretch with a perfect 3-0 mark against Ohio schools after the win over Walsh. FSU previously swept four Ohio teams in 2010 and beat three of four in the 2011 campaign before topping two of three a year ago. Since 2010, the Bulldogs are 12-2 versus teams from the Buckeye state.
National Statistics Leaders: The Bulldogs presently lead the GLIAC and are ranked seventh nationally in rushing offense this week at 316.8 yards per game. FSU is also 18th nationally and third in the league in total offense with an average of 507.3 yards per contest. Ferris State ranks fifth in the country in third down conversion percentage (.550) along with seventh in fewest penalty yards per game (33.8 ypg.).
Individually, A.J. McEwen ranks second in the country in interceptions (1.0 pg.) with Jason Vander Laan fifth nationally in rushing touchdowns (9) along with 13th nationally in rushing yards (517). Vander Laan is also seventh in scoring (13.5 ppg.) while Marvin Robinson is 17th in total tackles (11.3 pg.). Vander Laan is second in the GLIAC in points responsible for (78) with Robinson third in the conference in stops.
Big Return: Ferris State's Dontae Ingraham nearly returned a kickoff against Lake Erie for a touchdown in FSU's last home game. He had an 88-yard return on the play to the Storm four-yard line, which helped lead to a TD run by Jason Vander Laan on the next play that gave FSU a 35-27 lead late in the third period. FSU has not had a kickoff return for a touchdown since former defensive back Jim Skodak took one 85 yards to the house in a 17-14 road win at Northern Michigan in 2004 (10/16/04). Despite coming up just short on the kickoff return, Ingraham scored his first Bulldog touchdown by catching a 23-yard TD pass from Jason Vander Laan in the opening quarter.
Nation's Top Performers: Ferris State junior cornerback A.J. McEwen, who moved from wide receiver last spring, currently is second in the country with four interceptions this campaign and is averaging 1.0 picks per contest. He had the first two interceptions of his Bulldog career in the second half versus Lake Erie and added another pick in the win over Ashland along with one at Walsh. McEwen ranks second in the nation to date and leads the GLIAC with the four picks this year.
The 105th Season: The 2013 campaign represents the Bulldogs' 105th season of varsity competition. The program actually began in 1900, but no football was played in 1908-09, 1917-18, 1932 and from 1942-45 for various reasons. Additionally, no scores are available from either the 1912 or 1916 seasons. Ferris has posted an all-time record of 388-434-40 (.473) to date heading into this week's matchup.
Evening Football: Saturday's contest represents the Bulldogs' first afternoon matchup of the 2013 campaign. FSU's first four contests of the season and five of the opening six contests are evening games this campaign. After the opening six-game stretch, the remaining five regular-season games will be afternoon starts at various times.
Interesting Note: Saturday's matchup against SVSU will mark the 33rd time in which the two teams have played a "day" game in the series, which will reach 39-straight games this week.
Coming Up Next: Ferris State remains at home for another key GLIAC North Division battle against archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) under the lights in Big Rapids.
Year Two Under Annese: A proven winner at all of his previous coaching stops and highly-regarded across the country, Tony Annese will direct the Bulldogs for the second time this fall. He came to FSU following three impressive years as the head coach at Grand Rapids Community College, which came on the heels of a highly successful 25-season stint at the prep level. He owns an overall career head coaching record of 235-50 (.825) after the first four games of the 2013 campaign and was 30-4 (.882) as a junior college head coach at GRCC.
First Game Trip: Besides facing one of the nation's top collegiate football programs in two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State (Sept. 7), the Bulldogs also took the field in week one in front of one of college football's most passionate fan bases at North Dakota State. More than 100,000 fans a year pass through the Fargodome to watch the Bison, ranking North Dakota State in the top 10 nationally for attendance in the Football Championship Subdivision. Known as one of the loudest environments to play in college football, the Fargodome crowd routinely goes over 100 decibels. NDSU's home since 1993 has become of the most difficult places in the country for opponents to play and can pack in 19,000 fans for football games. BleacherReport.com named the Fargodome among its top 50 greatest college stadiums. ESPN College Gameday visited Fargo two weeks ago.
The Schedule: Ferris State's 11-game Bulldog football slate in 2013 features five home contests at Top Taggart Field and a 10-game GLIAC schedule. FSU will play its next two home contests versus GLIAC North Division rivals Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State in back-to-back weeks (Oct. 5 & 12).
The Returnees: Among the returnees for the Bulldogs this campaign are five returning all-conference honorees in quarterback Jason Vander Laan, offensive linemenCarlin Landingham and Adam Bennett, defensive lineman Corey Stone along with wide receiver Jake Lampman. They are among more than 40 letterwinners back from last season's roster. Overall, the Bulldogs return 17 starters and more than 40 letterwinners from last season.
Coaching Staff: The Bulldog staff this season feature a new defensive coordinator in Lou Esposito, who joined FSU in the spring after serving as the defensive line coach at Western Michigan. He is a former Division II head coach at St. Joseph's (Ind.). The rest of the FSU staff returns basically intact from a year ago. Rob Zeitman, who was a head coach at Grand Rapids Northview High School before moving to Ferris State, is the assistant head coach and handles the offensive line. The other full-time assistants include former Bulldog players Ryan Hodges and Sparky McEwen along with ex-Grand Valley State quarterback Ryan Brady, who is FSU's offensive coordinator this fall. Meanwhile, Brad Corpe returns to coach the running backs with Andy Tevlin guiding the defensive line and former longtime prep head coaching legend Jack Schugars working with the special teams.
Former Head Coach: Former Ferris State quarterback Charles "Sparky"McEwen joined head coach Tony Annese's staff last year as an assistant coach and directs the wide receivers. McEwen, who played for the Bulldogs from 1987-90, spent more than a decade as a professional football coach in the Arena Football League with both the Grand Rapids Ramapge and the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. He currently ranks 14th among the school's all-time passing leaders with 2,183 career yards. His son, A.J. McEwen, is a defensive back for the Bulldogs.
Did You Know?: Ferris has had a winning season in 16 of its last 24 seasons overall. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions with Northwood in the 1999 season.
School Record Rushing: Ferris State well-surpassed the previous school record of 2,538 rushing yards in a season last campaign. The Bulldogs rolled up 3,369 yards on the ground in 11 games a year ago. The previous school record was established in 1995 during FSU's run to the NCAA Division II Semifinals.
Strong Ties: The Bulldogs' projected contributors on this week's two-deep also include at least 12 players who spent time in West Michigan at Grand Rapids Community College under head coach Tony Annese's direction before embarking on their Bulldog careers.
West Michigan: The Bulldogs' two deep lineup and list of potential starters includes 22 student-athletes from communities located in various parts of West Michigan such as Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Zeeland, Muskegon, Rockford, Greenville, Ravenna and more. Nearly 50 percent of FSU's projected starters are West Michigan natives. Besides the ties to West Michigan found among this week's potential two-deep players, the overall Bulldog roster includes more than 60 individuals and over half of the entire FSU squad from portions of West and Northwest Michigan.
Notes From NDSU Trip: Newcomer Dewayne Boston scored the Bulldogs' lone touchdown at North Dakota State in his Ferris State debut. The junior college transfer hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jason Vander Laan near the end of the first half ….. The Bulldogs ran for 228 yards on the ground against a North Dakota State defense that ranked among the nation's leaders in rushing defense a year ago by allowing less than 100 yards per contest. The week before facing FSU, the Bison allowed less than 50 rushing yards to defending Big 12 Conference Champion Kansas State in a 24-21 win …… The nearly 19,000 fans on hand at the Fargodome is believed to be one of the largest crowds in which the Bulldogs have ever played in front of during school history .... Michigan transfer Marvin Robinson had a team-high 10 tackles and a diving interception at NDSU.
Offensive Statistics: Ferris State's 473.5 yards per game last season ranked as the second-highest seasonal figure in school history. The highest mark of 534.5 yards a contest came in 1999 ...... Ferris State had a school-record 289 first downs last season to top the previous single-season mark of 277 first downs set in 1995 ...... The Bulldogs' 5,209 total yards last season was the third-best mark in school seasonal history.
Conference Record: Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan set a new GLIAC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback as a redshirt freshman during the 2012 campaign. The rookie signal caller ran for 1,338 total yards last season with 1,235 coming in 10 league games to establish the record. The league mark for most rushing yards by a QB in conference games ONLY had been 1,128 yards by Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Klopf in 1997. Ironically, Klopf played prep football under FSU's Tony Annese prior to his collegiate career. Vander Laan's totals were also the most ever by a FSU QB in a single-year and placed sixth on the school's seasonal rushing chart.
Rookie Record: Bulldog QB Jason Vander Laan also set a new school record for most rushing yards in a single-season by any Bulldog freshman a year ago with 1,338 total yards on the ground. Former tailback Derek Fudge owned the previous mark with 1,227 yards during the 2000 campaign.
Statistics Notes: Ferris State senior kicker Austin Kantola is tied for 13th on FSU's all-time list with seven made field goals ...... The Bulldogs' A.J. McEwen ranks 10th in school history with 204 career punt return yards .... FSU's Jason Vander Laan is 15th in total passing yardage and 11th in total offense among the Bulldogs' all-time career leaders .... Jake Lampman's 717 receiving yards a year ago was 18th-best all-time in a season at FSU.
Preseason Honors: Junior receiver Jake Lampman and senior tackle Carlin Landingham were both chosen to the 2013 Detroit Free Press Michigan All-Small College Preseason First Team ..... Several Bulldog players were also ranked among the nation's best at their respective positions heading into 2013 according to the D2football.com Preseason Position Rankings compiled by the online source - Jason Vander Laan is listed 16th at quarterback, Jake Lampman is 57th at receiver, Carlin Landingham is 30th at offensive tackle, Adam Bennett was 18th at center (moving to guard this year), Corey Stone is 22nd at defensive tackle and Marvin Robinson came in 35th at safety. All were also chosen as preseason All-GLIAC picks by D2football.com.
Key Roster Note: The Bulldogs have four players currently listed on their roster who attended Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., which has been the nation's number one ranked high school team for several weeks over the last two seasons. The group includes sophomore slot Antonio Agurs along with three true freshmen in receiver Jajuan Pollock, defensive lineman Marquis Dawsey and defensive back Willie Smith.
Sunny 97.3: Saturday's game continues the broadcast partnership between FSU Athletics and Sunny 97.3 FM. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action starting with the "Bulldog Pregame" show at 1:30 p.m. Sunny 97.3 and the Bulldog Sports Network will again carry all home and away football contests this campaign with the broadcasts streamed live online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Bulldog Sports Network: Fans can follow all the action of Ferris State football live online via the Bulldog Sports Network multimedia portal again this season. A live audio and video pay-per-view webcast will be offered for all home games with free audio for all road contests. The package also includes live stats, live chat and a live blog at select times. Visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more info.
Home Ticket Information: Season and single-game tickets for the 2013 home campaign are currently on sale now. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets in advance this season for a discount over the normal gameday rates. For more info on ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 orwww.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Bulldog Gameday: Complete information on every Bulldog home and road contest this year can be found by visiting the Bulldog Gameday page on the FSU Athletics Website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com (click on football and then Gameday). The Gameday information, which will be updated several days prior to each game, includes links to all pertinent notes and statistics for both teams as well as links for the respective broadcast and internet media coverage available for the contest.
Yearbook Available Online: The 2013 Ferris State University Football Yearbook is available to view as an online publication. The publication features such information as 2013 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2012 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit the FSU athletics website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com to find the publication online.
More Media Coverage: Ferris State Football will be featured throughout the year as part of the "Bulldog Sports Update", which will air Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunny 97.3 FM. Additionally, the football team will also be featured at various times on "Ferris State Friday's", which can be heard at 7:30 a.m. (ET) on Grand Rapids' WBBL as part of "The Rundown with Doctor & Bentley". The host is hosted by Tim Doctor and former NFL linebacker Ray Bentley. His son, Jake Bentley, is a member of the Bulldog football team. Additionally, head coach Tony Annese will make regular weekly appearances during the season on the Ferris Sports Update TV show, which is available across Northern Michigan on Fox 32 along with Comcast Xfinitiy in Michigan and other sources, including online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.