Ferris State to Play Postseason Without Campbell
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State starts its postseason on Saturday at home against Central Missouri, but the Bulldogs will be without a key player that helped them reach the Division 2 National Championship in 2018.
Quarterback Jayru Campbell underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday, ending his chances of playing in the postseason with Ferris State. Campbell, the 2018 Harlon Hill Trophy winner, only competed in five games with the Bulldogs this season. He had 1,306 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 236 yards and six touchdowns.
Despite not having their star quarterback with them this postseason, Ferris State has a solid group at quarterback with Travis Russell and Evan Cummins receiving playing time this season.
“Obviously, you want to have your full arsenal. We’ve done this before. You know, we’re fully confident in Travis, and then we’re fully confident in Evan,” Ferris State head coach Tony Annese said. “As a coach you’re just basically, you know, we’ve played without some guys in the past. We’ve played without some guys this year. You know ,we’ve had two defensive linemen out for most of the year, who were starters at the beginning of the year. So it’s just football. And it’s just the nature of the game.”
Russell has played in six games this year, passing for 963 yards and five touchdowns. He will play a majority of the snaps at quarterback. Cummins has played in nine games this year, tossing for 287 yards and one touchdown. He also has 418 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this year.
Ferris State will host Central Missouri to start the postseason on Saturday at home. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.