Ferris State Football Opens Season with First Spring Practice
BIG RAPIDS – In the thick of March Madness with a little bit of snow on the ground, most people are not thinking about football season yet, but Ferris State University’s football program hosted their first spring practice Friday.
“I’m really excited. It feels good to be back after a long winter. I’m happy to be on the field when the sun is shining,” said Austin Edwards, FSU defensive end.
This spring gives younger players the opportunity to make their mark.
“A lot of guys are coming back, but a lot of new faces and a lot of people to replace. The same goal and the same mindset, but just new guys and the chance to step up for a lot of young players who have not really had a chance to show who they are yet,” said Travis Russell, FSU quarterback.
The Bulldogs are coming off a historic season. They competed in the program’s first national championship game in 2018, but they did not bring home the title.
“We are on a one game losing streak. That is what we are focused on. It only happens by making small steps to make yourself better, and step number one is today,” said Tony Annese, head coach.
Ferris State fell 49-47 to Valdosta State in the title game. If anything, they are using that loss as motivation.
“It left us very hungry in the off-season. We know what we did last year, but we are going to have to work a little harder and push that extra step further to go back and win it this time around,” added Russell.
Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jayru Campbell will return this fall alongside Russell. Campbell is out temporarily due to an off-season procedure.
“It is great to have Jayru. He is going to be here, but he cannot participate in the spring. Travis will really kind of be the guy who pushes us and helps us be successful. Guys like that are really the most critical part of the whole plan,” said Annese.
Ferris State’s Spring Game is Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m at Top Taggart Field.