Big Rapids, Mich. - For the sixth different week this season, Ferris State University has had at least one football student-athlete honored as a National Player of the Week.
This week, both sophomore quarterback Jason Vander Laan (offensive) and junior linebacker Terrell Porter (defensive) were honored as honorable mention National Player of the Week selections by USA College Football following the Bulldogs' 30-27 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win at Michigan Tech.
Overall, a total of five different Ferris State football student-athletes have now combined to receive National Player of the Week honors a total of 16 times over the course of six different weeks from the three primary media outlets that recognize players on a national level in Division II - D2football.com, Beyond Sports Network & USA Football.
The sophomore signal caller ran for a game-high 218 yards on 31 carries and two scores while averaging seven yards a carry. In addition, he completed 15-of-24 throws on a windy and chilly afternoon for 131 yards and two scores. Vander Laan's totals helped the Bulldogs compiled 431 yards of total offense with 300 on the ground. FSU also finished 50% on third and fourth down conversions (9-18).
His two touchdowns rushing came at the end of the third period with the Bulldogs down by 17 and he hit Dontae Ingraham on a 15-yard TD pass with 11:40 to play to account for the game-winner. After a stop by the Bulldog defense with seven minutes to play, he led the Bulldogs down the field as FSU ran out the clock to seal the victory.
Meanwhile, Porter led the Bulldogs' defensive charge in the league road win. He had a team-high nine tackles, which included five solo stops and four assisted efforts. In addition, Porter also had two tackles for loss in the game.
Behind Porter, the Bulldog defense shut down Michigan Tech in the second half. After allowing Michigan Tech's lone TD of the second half on a short field following a Bulldog interception, the defensive unit forced a Michigan Tech interception deep in its own end and made the Huskies punt twice before holding MTU on downs inside the Bulldog red zone with the game on the line in the final period. FSU allowed only 56 total yards in the final two quarters.
This week, Ferris State returns home from a two-game GLIAC road swing to host the Wayne State Warriors this Saturday (Nov. 2) at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. (ET).
|Tickets for Saturday's game are on sale now and can be bought online at StarTickets.com, by calling (800) 585-3737, or in person thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. The ticket office is open today thru Friday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m. (ET).
The Wheeler Pavilion Gameday Ticket Office will also open early on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. (ET) with the gates to the stadium opening at 10:30 a.m. (ET). For more information on ticket sales, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.