Mylik Mitchell Expected to Return for No. 1 Ferris State Against No. 2 GVSU

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State quarterback Mylik Mitchell hasn’t played since week one against Central Washington, but Bulldogs head coach Tony Annese said Wednesday he thinks Mitchell will be able to return on Saturday against No. 2 Grand Valley State.

“To me it looks like Mylik will be able to play,” Annese said. “That’s just an evaluation based on the way he was moving around [at practice]. So I’m confident he’ll be able to play.”

A combination of Evan Cummins, Jesse Rivera and Carson Gulker have filled in under center during Mitchell’s absence.

Gulker, a redshirt freshman from Zeeland West, is second in the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns.

Mitchell went 19-for-29 passing for 339 yards and a touchdown in the week one win over Central Washington.

Last season, Mitchell rotated in at quarterback with Jared Bernhardt, who is now a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. Mitchell set a school record with 508 passing yards in one game in 2021 when he started for an injured Bernhardt against Northwood.

He also started the playoff game against Northwest Missouri State last season and played a large portion of the National Championship game when Bernhardt was hurt. Time and time again, Mitchell has proven to be a capable leader of the Bulldogs offense in big games, and Saturday’s Anchor-Bone Classic certainly qualifies.

Annese also said he fully expects to use more than one quarterback on Saturday, a strategy he has utilized often throughout his time coaching Ferris State.

“We’ll play more than one,” Annese said. “It’s just the nature of who we are now.”

No. 1 Ferris State hosts No. 2 Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs have won the last six meetings between the two rivals. They have also won a school record 43 consecutive regular season games.

Grand Valley State leads the all-time series with a 29-22-1 record against Ferris State.