Ferris State Football’s Spring Game

BIG RAPIDS – It hadn’t been done since 1996, but last year’s GLIAC Championship Bulldogs squad made it to the NCAA D2 Playoffs, a postseason run that ended after just one game.

This afternoon, the Ferris State Bulldogs put their pads back on for an offense verse defense Spring Game that had Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan watching his teammates from the sideline.

Early in the first quarter, the Gold (defense) forced the Crimson to turn the ball over on downs, a play that put the defense on the board.

However the offense came right back, scoring a touchdown before Cadillac’s Jalen Brooks put his arm to work in the second quarter. During his time on the field, Brooks threw a completed pass to Klesean Clark before a shoulder injury ended his outing.

“We had a lot of young guys who did some good things, which uh, you know, that’s kind of what we’re looking for,” said Ferris State’s head football coach Tony Annese. “A lot of the true freshman in the fall, really don’t get a chance to prove themselves, like Jalen Brooks is one of them and so, the spring allows them to kind of grow . . . it’s fun to see like Scottie Andrews or Robert Thomas III, who, were red shirts last year, you know, go out there and put on a show.”

On September 12 the Bulldogs open GLIAC play at home against Northwood.