Ferris State Hosts Annual Crimson And Gold Spring Game
BIG RAPIDS – After not seeing the Ferris State football team in action since their national championship run, the Bulldogs took the field Saturday for their annual spring game.
Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jayru Campbell did take any snaps today, but was on field to support his team. Instead, three different quarterbacks saw action under center, including Travis Russell, Evan Cummins, and freshman Dezmin Lyburtus.
Scoring format was also different today with a touchdown counting for six points, a field goal for three points, a 2-point conversion for two, and extra points and 10+ yard play for one point.
Defense could score too with a touchdown counting for 10 points, a takeaway for six, three and out for five, and forcing a punt for three.
Saturday was all about giving those who don’t usually have the chance, an opportunity to prove themselves.
“You know I think we got a lot of young talent, it’s great to see,” said head coach Tony Annese. “So, it’s just our philosophy, number one is our philosophy is to develop depth and to get our guys that are the unproven guys. The proven guys you know what’s your purpose? We’re not worried about proven commodities, we’re worried about unproven commodities, giving them a chance to be seen, so that’s just our number one initiative.”
There are some big shoes to fill on both sides of the ball, but the Bulldogs are ready.
“There’s a really good opportunity for guys who haven’t exactly had a chance to show what they can do,” said Travis Russell. “There were a lot of guys that have really improved and it’s been exciting for me to just watch them grow and I look forward to how they’re going to contribute this upcoming fall. ”
The White Team defeated the Red Team 49-41.
Ferris State opens the 2019 season at home against Findlay on September 5.