Big Rapids, Mich. - For the seventh different week this season, at least one Ferris State football student-athlete has been recognized as a National Player of the Week.
This week, after an impressive 41-10 league home win over Wayne State last Saturday (Nov. 2) at Top Taggart Field, USA Football selected three Bulldog standouts as honorable mention National Player of the Week choices. Junior running back Jamaal Jackson was recognized on the offensive side of the ball with junior linebacker Terrell Porter garnering defensive laurels and senior kicker Austin Kantola picking up special teams merits.
Overall, a total of six different Ferris State football student-athletes have now combined to receive National Player of the Week honors a total of 19 times over the course of seven 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.
Jackson ran for a game-high 68 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns to key the Bulldogs' romp over Wayne State. He stepped up in the absence of starting tailback Korey Ringer, who was lost to injury, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. His performance helped the Bulldogs build a 34-3 lead after three quarters to put the game out of reach. Jackson scored on runs of five, 15, 10 and four yards as FSU compiled 467 yards of total offense, which included 277 on the ground.
Meanwhile, Porter tallied a game-high 11 tackles, including six solo stops, as the Bulldogs shut down Wayne State. Porter also had a quaterback hurry and came up with several big hits as the Bulldog defensive unit allowed only 268 total yards and 175 yards rushing. The defense limited WSU to a three-of-11 showing on third down conversions and the starting unit allowed only three points in the initial three quarters of action.
Finally, Kantola was perfect on the day in the Bulldogs' 41-10 victory as FSU won its second consecutive contest. Kantola connected on all five of his PAT tries and hit both of his field goal attempts in the win. His first field goal came from 29 yards away in the opening half and answered a Wayne State field goal on the following drive. He also added another 29-yarder in the third quarter to push the Bulldogs' advantage to 27-3 at the time. Kantola kicked off eight times for 441 yards (55.1 average) and had one touchback in the victory.
Ferris State is currently ranked 10th in the Super Region Four rankings with a 6-3 overall record to date this year. The Bulldogs are also second in the GLIAC North Division standings at 6-2 on the year.
The Bulldogs play their final regular-season road contest on Saturday (Nov. 9) at Northwood with kickoff set for 12 p.m. (ET) in Midland, Mich.