Ferris State Tabbed No. 1 in College Football America Poll

BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State football program has been named the preseason NCAA Division II No. 1 team in College Football America’s 2017 Yearbook.

To date, Ferris State is a consensus top five program nationally in every preseason poll.

College Football America ranks in the top 30 programs in the country and names a preseason Starting Lineup All-America Team.

Ferris State reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals for only the second time in program history in 2016, going 12-3 and earning the school’s third straight postseason berth. The 2016 season also was the longest season for the Bulldogs in their 108 years of competition.

After standout sophomore campaign, All-America honoree and junior defensive end Zach Siler has been named to the publication’s first team preseason All-America team.

Ferris State has gone 34-5 over the last three seasons, tallying two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference championships, three playoff bids, two unbeaten regular seasons and two Harlon Hill National Player of the Year trophies. In five seasons as head coach, Tony Annese has led the Bulldogs to a 49-12 overall record and the best winning percentage of the 21 collegiate programs in Michigan since he took over.

The Bulldogs open their sixth season under Annese’s direction on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Findlay.