Ferris State’s Daugherty Honored at Sugar Bowl

Ferris State senior center and Big Rapids native Jake Daugherty was recognized as a member of the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team at the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday.

Daugherty was one of 22 collegiate football players from all levels across the country to be recognized for their work as student-athletes in the community. The student-athletes were honored at halftime of the 84th annual Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

As part of Daugherty’s community efforts, the three-year starter read to local elementary school students through the March is Reading Month program and worked with the Salvation Army and its numerous fundraisers, including the Red Out event to support The Heart Foundation and the Angels of Action backpack lunch program. He also partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the local Special Olympics chapter.

Daugherty was a three-time All-American for the Bulldogs and was part of a senior class that went 45-7 over four years and made four playoff appearances, won two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, made two NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearances and a national semifinal appearance. Daugherty was also a runner-up for the 2017 Gene Upshaw Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding NCAA Division II offensive or defensive lineman in the country.