Ferris State football team opens spring camp Friday

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University, which won its first NCAA Division II football national championship last fall, will officially begin preparations for its 2022 gridiron campaign as the Bulldogs open practice drills for Spring Friday in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs will enter their 113th season of college competition this fall with a goal of making an eighth straight trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs after reaching the last eight of the NCAA playoffs each of the last five seasons, including four appearances in national semi-final as well as two trips to the national championship game.


Head Coach Tony Annese, who was the D2 National Coach of the Year last fall, and his Bulldog staff will have the NCAA-allocated total of 15 practices, which will include the annual Crimson and Gold Spring game on Friday. April 22 at FSU’s Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET with a special national championship celebration concurrent with the contest.

The Bulldogs’ first practice of the spring will take place Friday at Top Taggart Field and FSU will generally practice three times a week throughout the spring session.

FSU will host a varied spring training program that will span five weeks from March 18 until the spring game. The spring schedule is subject to change depending on the weather and most practices are scheduled to take place at Top Taggart Field.

Practice times will also vary with morning, afternoon and evening sessions depending on the day of the week and various class times.

Last season, in addition to winning the D2 national championship with a perfect 14-0 record, the Bulldogs also won a third straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship and extended their season winning streak. regular at 38 consecutive games. .

FSU has reached the NCAA Division II National Semifinals four times in the past five seasons of action and ranks as the nation’s winningest program in the past seven full seasons in D2 Football.

The Bulldogs have won each of the past three GLIAC championships undefeated and reached the national quarterfinals five straight years, which is the longest streak in the nation. Over the past three seasons of on-court action, the Bulldogs have compiled a 41-2 mark.

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