Ferris State Preps to Defend GLIAC Title

BIG RAPIDS – Riding a 25-game regular-season unbeaten streak, the Ferris State football program has been the gold standard of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the last two seasons.

The two-time defending GLIAC champions are coming off their best season in two decades, going 11-1 in 2015 and posting their first postseason win since 1996.

Ferris State is moving on with a new quarterback after the graduation of two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan. And despite the return of 50 letterwinners and being tabbed 12th nationally in the AFCA Division II Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Bulldogs still believe that they have something to prove when they open their season against Ohio Dominican Thursday at Top Taggart Field.

"A chip on the shoulder is good, but I don’t know how long a chip on the shoulder lasts,” coach Tony Annese said.  You know, we’ve got a schedule that’s a tough schedule.  So, if we’re rolling around good, everyone going to be… you know, within the first two games, everyone’s either going to say ‘Ferris is for real.’ Or, ‘You know, Ferris missed those guys more than they thought.’ So, that’s going to be the deduction after week two."

Ferris State is 4-1 all-time against Ohio Dominican, with its lone loss coming in the 2014 NCAA Division II postseason.

Kickoff Thursday is slated for 7:30 p.m.