Ferris State Football Arrives in Texas to Start National Championship Prep

MCKINNEY, Texas – The Ferris State football team landed in McKinney, Texas Wednesday night and kicked off its preparations for its NCAA Division II National Championship showdown against Valdosta State with the first practice on Thursday.

FSU took the practice field at McKinney High School for a sunny and 70-degree first-day of getting ready for the title game.

The No. 1 ranked Bulldogs are just three days away from their biggest game of the season, as they look to cap off a perfect season with a national title on Saturday.

Ferris State is familiar with the pressure of being the top dogs. In the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, there was pressure to break the program record for consecutive regular season wins.

Week by week, the pressure has built, but head coach Tony Annese said that the team has felt the pressure all season long and is confident that it won’t phase the Bulldogs on Saturday.

“We’ve experienced pressure all year and our guys have just done great so I think that we’ll be locked in and just go out and play another game of football. When it all is done, the season ends. Which is a great thing because you always want to be together as long as you can be and that’s what we’ve done,” said Annese.

The win over Shepherd in the national semifinal was Tony Annese’s 100th victory as head of the Bulldogs’ program. On Saturday, he’ll look to add Division II National Champion to that ever-increasing list of milestones at Ferris State.

Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank is another member of the Ferris State community who is extremely excited for the opportunity the student-athletes have to compete for a national title.

Brockelbank started the job as new athletic director in October and he said it’s been amazing to share this experience with the entire team in Texas.

“It’s fantastic. More importantly, I think it’s fantastic for our student-athletes. These are experiences and memories that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime, and so I’m just thrilled for them. I’m thrilled for our coaches who have worked so hard to get them to this point. And I’m thrilled for Ferris State University. I mean this is important. This is important for our university and it’s something we can rally around to celebrate,” said Brockelbank.

Ferris State continues its prep for the national championship against Valdosta State with day 2 of practices on Friday.

Ferris State met Valdosta State in the 2018 National Championship. Valdosta State won 49-47.

The national championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 18th at 9 p.m. in McKinney, Texas.

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