Big Rapids, Mich. - A pair of Ferris State University football players have claimed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Week accolades after standout performances helping lead FSU to a big homecoming win on Saturday (Sept. 30) at Top Taggart Field.
For their efforts in FSU's decisive 59-17 homecoming triumph over visiting Wayne State before a crowd of nearly 6,500 fans, Bulldog sophomore quarterback Travis Russell (Grand Rapids/West Catholic) was chosen as this week's GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week while defensive back DeShaun Thrower (Muskegon) claimed the special teams honor.
In only his second collegiate start, Russell had an impressive day in leading the 15th-ranked Bulldogs to a victory. Russell directed a Bulldog attack that rolled up nearly 500 yards and tallied a season-high 59 points only a week after being limited to only three points by Ashland. He ran for a team-high 56 yards on 10 carries (5.6 avg.) and scored twice on the ground while also completing 12 of 18 throws for 199 yards and another score.
Overall, Russell accounted for three TD's and led the Bulldogs on seven scoring drives in the win. His play helped FSU build a 17-0 lead after the opening quarter and a 38-10 halftime edge in the victory. The Bulldog offense accumulated 26 first downs and was a combined 9 of 16 on third and fourth down.
Meanwhile, Thrower had a huge day on special teams for the Bulldogs in the triumph. He two-sport standout, who is also a member of the FSU men's basketball squad, blocked two punts in the game, including WSU's opening punt that was recovered in the endzone by the Bulldogs' Danny Collins for an early score.
Thrower's early play helped set the tone and gave FSU a huge lift coming off the Ashland setback. He added another key block later in the game and netted two tackles. He was credited with a 19-yard punt return for his game-opening block on special teams.
With Saturday's win, the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 overall this season and 2-1 in the GLIAC.
FSU continues its homestand this Saturday (Oct. 7) as the Bulldogs host the Tiffin Dragons in league play with kickoff set for 1 p.m. (ET) at Top Taggart Field.