PREVIEW: Bulldogs Face Oilers In Top 20 Showdown Saturday Night At Top Taggart Field

FSU vs Findlay
Ferris State vs. Findlay
Saturday, Sept. 8 - 7 p.m. (ET)
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This Week's Action
The unbeaten and ninth-ranked Ferris State University football squad hosts #19 Findlay this Saturday (Sept. 8) night in a non-league top 20 showdown at Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) under the lights in Big Rapids. It will be FSU Student Starbucks Day with the first 100 students receiving a free beverage compliments of Starbucks.
 
The Matchup
Both teams enter the game with identical 1-0 records after impressive non-league wins last week. FSU beat East Stroudsburg 49-17 on Thursday (Aug. 30) in Big Rapids after leading 42-3 at the half. Meanwhile, Findlay scored a 69-19 triumph over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (Sept. 1) in Owensboro, Ky. The Oilers reached the second round of the NCAA Playoffs a year ago while FSU advanced to the national quarterfinals.
 
Media Coverage
Saturday's game will be carried live on flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston calling the play-by-play action. Pregame coverage gets underway on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and is accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. A live pay-per-view video stream will also be offered. For a full listing of links, including live internet stats, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
 
Ticket Information
Tickets for Saturday's home game are on sale now and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Ticket prices are $14 for adults along with $12 for FSU faculty/staff and senior citizens (age 65+) in addition to $8 for students (age 5-17) with Ferris State students admitted free with a valid ID card. Visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888 for more info.
 
Memorable Bulldog Run
Over the last four seasons at Ferris State, the Bulldogs have compiled a 46-7 overall record and claimed two conference championships, posted two unbeaten regular-seasons, captured a regional title and twice reached the national quarterfinals Ferris State has also accumulated two Harlon Hill National Player of the Year trophies, twice had a student-athlete tabbed as the nation's National Scholar-Athlete of the Year and won six postseason games.
 
Preseason Top 10 Team
Ferris State was a consensus top 10 team nationally in virtually every preseason Division II national poll, including as high as #3 by Lindy's Sports and CompughterRatings.com this year. FSU was also picked fourth by the Massey Ratings, seventh by D2Football.com along with eighth by both the AFCA and College Football America. 
 
National Power & State's Best
In the six seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 61-14 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival. Overall, Annese has won 83% of his games as a head coach on the collegiate and prep levels and owns 286 wins to date, which is the most of any current GLIAC member head coach at all levels.
 
Michigan's Best Team
Ferris State was chosen last summer by Hero Sports as the state of Michigan's best college football team, regardless of division. Hero Sports unveiled its top team from every state, regardless of division, and the Bulldogs were chosen tops among the 21 collegiate programs in Michigan. The award is the result of an equation created to level the playing field across all divisions of college football using specialized criteria.
 
The 110th Season
The 2018 campaign represents the Bulldogs' 110th 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 an all-time mark of 439-443-40.
 
National Semifinal Run
Ferris State posted a 12-3 overall record in 2016 while advancing to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for only the second time in school history. In 2016, the Bulldogs also posted a school-record tying 12 victories. Ferris State received the program's third-straight NCAA Football Playoff berth and captured the Super Region Four Championship by beating archrival Grand Valley State during a memorable run.
 
Did You Know?
This year marks the third time in the past four years the Bulldogs have been tabbed as one of the country's top three teams in at least one preseason national ranking.

The Head Coaches
Ferris State – Tony Annese (Alma, 1983), 7th season, 61-14-0 (.813) – 4-0 vs. UF).  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 at all levels is 286-59 (.829) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns. He won his 50th game at FSU in last year's season opener versus Findlay and it was also his 275th win at all levels overall. 
 
Findlay - Rob Keys (West Virginia, 1996), 8th season - (1-4-0 vs. Ferris State). Keys is in his eighth season at Findlay, but was also an Oiler assistant from 2000-04. He's spent time in various roles coaching at New Hampshire, Slippery Rock (Pa.), Indiana State and West Virginia, where he played collegiately.
 
Against The Oilers 
Heading into Saturday's tilt at Findlay, the Bulldogs lead the all-time series by a 15-11 count. In the 26 previous meetings between the two teams, the Oilers have totaled 574 points with FSU scoring 599 points as only 25 points have separated the two squads in the history of the close series. The two teams have not played in Big Rapids since 2014 when FSU won 49-21 as the last three meetings were all in Ohio. Two years ago, the Bulldogs escaped with a 20-17 road triumph in 2016 before notching a season-opening 48-27 win last year at Donnell Stadium in Findlay.
 
Best Stretch In School History
Ferris State's 45 wins in the last four years (2014-17) marked the Bulldogs' best four-year stretch in school history. In addition, the 53 wins in the past five seasons (53-10) from 2013-17 tops the 1992-96 era for the most wins over a five-year span in program history. FSU went 52-8-2 while capturing five-straight Michigan Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC) crowns in that span.
 
Among The Best In The Nation
The Bulldogs began their 110th season of varsity competition this fall with their sights set on making a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. FSU has made back-to-back NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal appearances and is one of only five teams in all of college football to win at least 11 games each of the past four years. The Bulldogs along with Northwest Missouri State are the only programs in Division II football to make the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
 
2018 Bulldog Preview
FSU is in its seventh season this fall under head coach and two-time Football Gazette Regional Coach of the Year Tony Annese and is expected to contend for its fifth-straight NCAA Division II playoff appearance with the return of nearly 60 letterwinners from a year ago.
 
Offensively, FSU returns eight starters and is expected to be led up front by a pair of preseason All-Americans in guard Nic Sawyer and tackle Devon Johnson. Both Johnson and Sawyer were named to the Football Gazette All-America squad a year ago and have been multi-year starters up front for one of the nation's top offensive units.
 
Along with four returning starters on the offensive line, the Bulldogs also welcome back their top four receivers, including a pair of All-GLIAC honorees in senior wideouts Malik Taylor and Keyondre Craig. A trio of signal callers battled for the starting quarterback position in fall camp.
 
Defensively, the Bulldogs must replace their top nine tacklers and three NFL hopefuls from one of the school's best units ever, but a number of highly-regarded prospects along with a few key newcomers are waiting in the wings for their chance to shine.
 
Current Rankings Nationally
Ferris State is a consensus preseason top 10 team in the country in several Division II polls this week, including as high as #4 in the CompughterRatings.com and Massey Online Computer Ratings polls along with the Hero Sports Rankings. FSU is also #6 in the D2Football.com poll in addition to 9th by the AFCA.
 
Close Games In Recent Memory
Three years ago, Ferris State needed a valiant second-half comeback to avoid a potential upset at Findlay as the Oilers built a 28-14 halftime lead against the Bulldogs. FSU sealed the win by running out the clock with a final time-consuming drive in the closing minutes to keep its perfect season intact. The Bulldogs ran out the final 6:21 of the fourth quarter to secure the triumph. Two years ago, in 2016, the Bulldogs prevailed in another tight battle by a 20-17 score. Overall, FSU has now claimed nine of the last 11 matchups along with 12 of the last 15 games in the series to date.
 
GLIAC Player Of The Week
Ferris State junior defensive back DeShaun Thrower (Muskegon) was recognized as this week's GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week after the win over East Stroudsburg. A two-sport standout, Thrower made his first career start and scored on a 51-yard fumble recovery return in the game for his first career touchdown while also adding an interception that he returned for 45 yards. He finished with four tackles and helped the FSU defense limit the Warriors to less than 300 total yards and only 37 yards rushing on 30 carries. Previously, last year Thrower was recognized as the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
 
Tough To Beat At Home 
The Bulldogs have won 29 of their last 34 home games overall at Top Taggart Field dating back to the 2013 season. In each of the past five years, the Bulldogs have lost a single game on their home field, posting records of 4-1 (2013), 5-1 (2014), 6-1 (2015), 7-1 (2016) and 6-1 (2017) including regular-season and playoff action.
 
National Game Of The Week
The Bulldogs' Sept. 29 homecoming tilt against league rival Ashland will be televised via ESPN3 and the ESPN app across the country as part of the NCAA Division II National TV Showcase "Game of the Week" package with kickoff set for 3:05 p.m. (ET) at Top Taggart Field. This year will mark the fourth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have participated in the Division II National Showcase and the fourth-straight year in which a FSU home contest has been featured.
 
The 2018 Schedule
The schedule is expected to be a challenging one with a full 11-game slate. After the season-opening two-game homestand, the Bulldogs hit the road and will open league action on Sept. 15 at Northwood. 
 
Overall, FSU will play five home games at Top Taggart Field and will also host GLIAC foe Michigan Tech on Oct. 6 in the "Battle At The Ballpark" to be played at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Along with the first conference game at Northwood, the road slate also includes potential challenging matchups at Northern Michigan (Sept. 22), Grand Valley State (Oct. 13) and Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 20). FSU closes the regular-season with a long non-conference road trip to William Jewell (Mo.) on Nov. 10.
 
GLIAC Preseason Poll
The Bulldogs have been picked again to finish near the top of the league as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its 2018 GLIAC Football Preseason Poll with the Bulldogs second overall. Ferris State picked up 56 total points and two first-place votes to rank second just behind archrival Grand Valley State. The Lakers were first with 61 points and six top votes. The two squads were followed by Ashland in third place (54 points and one vote). Three teams were tied for fourth place overall.
 
AFCA Good Works Team Nominee
Ferris State junior quarterback Travis Russell (Grand Rapids/West Catholic) has been chosen as one of the nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The list of 169 nominees was announced by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Russell played in all 13 games last fall and is a two-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection. Last year, former teammate and three-time All-America center Jake Daugherty (Big Rapids) was eventually chosen as one of the members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and invited to be honored at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
 
Among Best In Country
Since the start of the 2014 season, the Bulldogs are close behind defending national champion Northwest Missouri State for the fewest losses of any NCAA Division II team in the country. The Bearcats have only five losses in the past four seasons. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs recorded back-to-back 11-1 seasons in 2014 and 2015 before a 12-3 mark in 2016 followed by an 11-2 showing in 2017. Ferris State also holds the GLIAC's best mark and the best overall record of all 21 collegiate programs in Michigan at 61-14 overall since the arrival of head coach Tony Annese in 2012.
 
National Champion DB
Bulldog senior defensive back DeShaun Thrower (Muskegon) already owns one national championship heading into the 2018 campaign. Last year, the two-sport athlete helped the FSU men's basketball squad to its first national championship in his initial season on the floor as a key contributor as the Bulldogs posted a historic 38-1 campaign. Thrower also saw action on the gridiron a year ago as a reserve and on special teams. He had a huge day in a home win over Wayne State, blocking two punts to earn the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week distinction.
 
Nation's Top Rushing QB
The Bulldogs have had the nation's leading rushing quarterback in D2 football five of the past six years. In 2016, former quarterback Reggie Bell's 1,081 yards on the ground in the regular-season were the most of any signal caller in the country. Previously, two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winning QB Jason Vander Laan led all quarterbacks in rushing in D2 football each of his four years from 2012-15.
 
Battle At The Ballpark Set For Oct. 6 
Ferris State will take its show on the road this fall as FSU will square off against the Michigan Tech Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. The Bulldogs and the Huskies will clash at the home field of Minor League Baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps with the GLIAC kickoff set for 2 p.m. (ET). The game was made possible thru a joint partnership between FSU Athletics and the Whitecaps. Ferris State and Michigan Tech previously met at Fifth Third Ballpark back in 2009 and this year's game will be the third college football contest to be played in the facility, but the first since the '09 showdown. Tickets are on sale now and additional information is available online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
 
Latest Home Game Ever
The Bulldogs closed the 2017 season at home against Harding (Ark.) in the NCAA National Quarterfinals at Top Taggart Field, falling 16-14 on a game-ending field goal by the Bisons. The game represented the first-ever home football playoff game in the month of December and the latest home game ever for FSU. The Bulldogs also hosted quarterfinal-round playoff action in 1994, 1995 and 1996, but those games were played in late November in a smaller playoff format. 
 
NCAA Playoff Berth
Last year marked Ferris State's ninth all-time NCAA Division II Playoff appearance and the school's fourth in a row after previously not making the field since 1996 prior to the 2014 season. Overall, FSU has now compiled a 11-9 all-time playoff record. In 2016, the Bulldogs reached the natioanl semifinals for the first time since 1995, matching the highest finish in school history. Along with making the playoffs in both 2014 and 2015, the Bulldogs also captured back-to-back GLIAC Championships. Before those two years, FSU had not won a league title since 1999. The 2014 outright title was the school's first since 1996. Overall, 2015 represented the ninth conference title in Bulldog football history.
 
Preseason All-Americans
Senior offensive lineman Devon Johnson has been a consensus Preseason All-America choice this year by every outlet for the Bulldogs while fellow senior lineman Nic Sawyer has also garnered multiple recognition on various NCAA Division II Preseason All-America squads. FSU returns four starters on the offensive line this year.
 
We Meet Again
Saturday's matchup will be the second-straight non-league meeting between Ferris State and Findlay since the Oilers' departure to the GMAC in 2017.  
 
Nation's Winningest Active Coach
Ferris State head coach Tony Annese currently ranks as NCAA Division II's winningest active head coach, based on a minimum of three seasons, with a 61-14 (.813) overall record in six years. His current mark tops Colorado State-Pueblo head coach John Wristen, who is in second with a 97-24 (.802) mark according to the NCAA.
 
Season Openers Under Annese
The Bulldogs improved to 6-1 in season openers under head coach Tony Annese after the victory over East Stroudsburg in last Thursday night's home tilt.  The lone setback was a 56-10 decision in 2013 at eventual FCS National Champion North Dakota State inside the Fargo Dome. Overall, FSU has now won each of its last five season openers and outscored the competition 253-61 in that span. Ferris State has not lost a season opener played at home since 2004.
 
Big Win Season
Last year marked only the sixth time in school history in which the Bulldogs had won at least 11 games in a campaign, but also the fourth year in a row. In 2016, FSU matched the school-record of 12 wins set in 1995 (12-1) and the Bulldogs also notched 11 wins in 1994 (11-1), 2014 (11-1) and 2015 (11-1). The past four seasons, 2014-17, represent the first time in which the Bulldogs have notched at least 11 wins four years in a row. 
 
Home Of College Football's Greatest Rushing QB
Former FSU signal caller Jason Vander Laan, who is currently with the Carolina Panthers as a tight end, finished his Bulldog Football career from 2012-15 with 5,953 career rushing yards, becoming the all-time record holder for most rushing yards by any QB at any level. He topped the previous career record of 5,128 yards held by Wofford's Shawn Graves from 1989-92.  Vander Laan eventually finished as a two-time recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy presented to Division II's top player, becoming the first GLIAC player to ever win the award twice. He also was the first player in NCAA history at any level to both rush and pass for 1,000 yards for four consecutive seasons.
 
Anchor-Bone Victory
Ferris State kept its NCAA Playoff hopes and league title aspirations alive last year with a thrilling 28-27 comeback victory over archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic on Oct. 21 at FSU's Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs trailed 14-3 at halftime, but scored with 15 seconds remaining to earn the win before a crowd of nearly 8,000 fans in Big Rapids. It represented the ninth time in series' history in which both FSU and GVSU were ranked in the major D2 national poll (AFCA) at kickoff. It was also the third-straight year in which both teams had been ranked among the top 15 nationally at kickoff time and the fifth consecutive time, including postseason games. The Bulldogs have now won six of the eight series' matchups against the Lakers in the six seasons under head coach Tony Annese. The two teams square off again this season on Oct. 13 at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale.
 
All-Conference Recognition
A total of 18 Ferris State football players received All-GLIAC recognition last and the Bulldogs brought home two major awards as the league unveiled its 2017 all-conference teams. In the all-conference voting conducted by the league's head coaches, Ferris State defensive end Zach Sieler (Pickney) claimed the league's "Defensive Lineman of the Year" honor for the second consecutive campaign. In addition, cornerback Tavierre Thomas (Detroit/Allen) was tabbed as the GLIAC's "Defensive Back Of The Year". Overall, Ferris State placed seven student-athletes on the All-GLIAC First Team with five others earning All-GLIAC Second Team status and six attaining honorable mention recognition. Both Sieler and Thomas are currently with NFL organizations.
 
The All-GLIAC List
On the All-GLIAC First Team a year ago, Ferris State was represented by offensive tackle Devon Johnson, receiver Malik Taylor and offensive guard Nic Sawyer. All three return in 2018. They were joined on the defensive side by DT Zach Sieler along with cornerback Tavierre Thomas, defensive tackle Chris Okoye and linebacker Terrell Porter.
 
FSU's five second-team selections included wideout Kenyondre Craig, center Jake Daugherty, cornerback Jevonte Alexader, defensive back Jaleel Canty and kicker Wyatt Ford.
 
Finally, the list of Bulldog honorable mention all-league choices consisted of tailback Jahaan Brown, defensive ends Dylan Roney and Marquis Dawsey, defensive backs KC Zenner and Kenny James and linebacker Nick Huckabay.

Highest AFCA National Ranking
FSU's #2 national ranking in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Rankings early last year prior to its regular-season loss at Ashland matched its second-place standing late in the 2015 regular season for the Bulldogs' highest ranking ever in the history of the coaches' poll that dates back to 2000. FSU was ranked as high as 1st nationally in 2015 by D2Football.com along with the Division II Power Rankings, but has never been #1 in the coaches poll. 
 
Long Win Streak 
With a week three victory in 2016 on the final play of the game at Northwood, Ferris State set a school record with its 28th-straight regular season win dating back to the 2013 season before it was snapped against Ashland the following week. FSU previously won 27 consecutive regular-season outings in a row from Oct. 23, 1993 to Sept. 14, 1996. The Bulldogs' 28-game regular season win streak was the longest in the country prior to being snapped.
 
A Winning Season 
Ferris State officially clinched its 12th winning season in the last 15 years a year ago. FSU has now finished with a winning season 20 times in the last 28 campaigns, including 15 times in the last 22 years. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions in 1999 prior to back-to-back conference crowns in 2014 and 2015. 
 
Deepest Postseason Run
Ferris State had its deepest NCAA Playoff run in 21 years in 2016 since reaching the NCAA Division II National Semifinals in 1995, which had represented the highest finish in school history. The Bulldogs also made the postseason in 1996 along with 2014 and 2015, but did not make it past the second round. Before the last two seasons, the only other time FSU played in the final month of the year took place on Dec. 2,1995, when FSU fell 45-7 in the national semfinals on the road at North Alabama.
 
Home Field Edge
Last year not only represented the Bulldogs' fourth-straight NCAA Playoff appearance, but it was also the fourth year in a row in which FSU played host to at least one playoff game at Top Taggart Field. In 2014, the Bulldogs hosted a playoff game for the first time in 18 years, falling to league rival Ohio Dominican 46-33 while making their first postseason berth since 1996. In 2015, FSU topped Texas A&M Commerce 48-30 in the first round at home before suffering a 38-34 setback to GLIAC rival Grand Valley State in the second round at Top Taggart Field. In 2016, FSU beat Midwestern State (65-34) and Colorado Mines (38-17) in the first rwo rounds before topping rival Grand Valley State on the road (47-32) prior to a national semifinal setback at NW Missouri State (35-20). 
 
NCAA Playoff Road Win
The Bulldogs knocked off top-seeded Fort Hays State (Kan.) in round two of the 2017 NCAA Division II Playoffs in Hays, Kan. FSU totaled 460 yards of total offense and jumped out to a 31-7 lead in the 31-21 victory. Ferris State took a 10-0 halftime lead after allowing only six yards rushing in the first half. 
 
NCAA Playoff Victory
The Bulldogs opened the 2017 NCAA Division II Playoffs with a first-round 24-19 triumph over Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (Nov. 18) at FSU's Top Taggart Field. FSU rallied back from a 13-0 deficit in the first half and overcame four turnovers in winning its eighth-straight game. It marked the fourth year in a row in which the Bulldogs had reached at least the second round in the playoffs, including a first-round bye in 2014. 
 
Huge Playoff Win
Ferris State pulled out one of the biggest wins in school history in 2016 as FSU recorded its first-ever NCAA playoff road victory with a thrilling 47-32 triumph over archrival Grand Valley State in the Super Region Four Championship Game at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale. It represented only the second-ever postseason matchup between the two longtime West Michigan rivals, but it was also the second year in a row as FSU avenged a 38-34 victory in round two in 2015 at home. 

Live National TV Again
This year will represent the fourth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have been selected to participate at least once in the NCAA's Division II Game of the Week package. In both 2015 and 2016, the Bulldogs hosted a Division II National Game of the Week on the American Sports Network. Last year, ESPN3 carried the Bulldogs' regular-season road tilt at Ashland and home game against rival Grand Valley State as part of the national game of the week package. In addition, FSU's 2017 national quarterfinal home game versus Harding was also picked up live by ESPN3.
 
Strong Defensive Showing
The Bulldogs finished the 2017 regular-season as the GLIAC's number one ranked defensive unit. Over the last 12 quarters of action in the regular-season, the unit allowed scores in only two quarters of action, which included a 26-0 road shutout over Davenport (Nov. 4) at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex in Caledonia. Ferris State gave up only 156 total yards to Davenport, including 73 on the ground, while recording its first shutout since a season-opening 41-0 home win over Ohio Dominican to start the 2016 season. It was only the third shutout for the Bulldogs since 2008. In the regular-season finale (Nov. 11), FSU closed the regular-season by allowing only 145 yards to Michigan Tech with the Huskies netting only 51 total rushing yards in the Bulldogs' 49-7 triumph.
 
Seven Bulldogs In The NFL
A total of seven different Bulldog Football alums took part in training camp this summer with National Football League (NFL) organizations, which are the most in school history. The Bulldogs' NFL standouts include former two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan (Carolina Panthers), wide receiver Jake Lampman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), linebacker Brady Sheldon (Cleveland Browns), defensive tackle Justin Zimmer (Atlanta Falcons), defensive tackle Chris Okoye (Cincinnati Bengals), cornerback Tavierre Thomas (Arizona Cardinals) and defensive end Zach Sieler (Baltimore Ravens). Sieler and Zimmer both made their respective 53-man rosters while Thomas was picked up by the Browns as part of their 53-man team this week. Both Vander Laan and Sheldon were signed to practice squads with Okoye and Lampman currently on injured reserve. Among the group, three have appeared in an NFL regular-season game in the past two seasons.Two seasons ago, Lampman became the first FSU player in 13 years to play on football's biggest stage in regular-season action while he was with the New Orleans Saints while both Vander Laan (Indianapolis Colts) and Sheldon (Oakland Raiders) were called up to the active roster with their respective organizations at the time late last fall. In late April, Sieler became Ferris State's first-ever NFL Draft choice when he was picked in the seventh round as the 238th overall selection by the Ravens. 
 
NFF National Hampshire Honor Society Selections 
For the fourth consecutive year, Ferris State ranked as one of the top GLIAC members and in-state NCAA Division I and II schools with nine student-athletes chosen to the 2018 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society for their work both on the field and in the classroom. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football senior players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout in their college career.
 
Follow On Twitter
In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Saturday's contest 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 visit www.facebook.com/FerrisFootball.
 
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. For more info, visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
 
Under The Lights
Ferris is 56-58-4 (.492) in evening games (after 5 p.m. ET) going back to 1961, but is 35-26-2 (.571) at home.
 
Departed Senior Class
The Bulldogs entered 2018 having to replace a group of 24 seniors from a year ago. Together, the group compiled an impressive 53-9 overall record with four NCAA Division II Playoff appearances and two GLIAC Championships over the past five years. They departed as one of the most successful classes in school history.