Inaugural Honors Distributed Following Conclusion Of Spring Drills

Jordan Moore
Senior outside linebacker Jordan Moore received the Bulldog Award for his tenacity and intense play throughout Ferris State's 2007 spring drills. He also was a recipient of the Winter Top Dog Award for his improvement in strength and conditioning.

Ferris State University football head coach Jeff Pierce has announced the 2007 Bulldog football team's spring award winners upon the conclusion of the team's annual spring drills.

This spring represents the inaugural FSU spring football awards as these honors will now be awarded on an annual basis. The Bulldog football spring practice awards serve for recognition purposes only as no trophies or plaques are to be distributed to the recipients at this time.

Ferris State held its annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game last Friday (April 20) evening at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich., which resulted in a 28-all tie in a controlled format.

Sophomore guard Joe Doman (Ann Arbor/Whitmore Lake) and sophomore strong safety Santino Favot (South Lyon) were named the recipients of the Most Improved Player for showing the most improvement in spring practice from the previous season.

The Bulldog Award went to senior split end Mike Guevara (Oakland, Calif./Oxnard) on offense and senior outside linebacker Jordan Moore (Lowell) on defense. The Bulldog Award is presented to both an offensive and defensive player who exemplifies and sustains tenacity along with intense play throughout spring ball.

The Newcomer Award, which is given to both an offensive and defensive player in their first year who makes the most progress in spring practice, was handed out to redshirt freshman tackle Matt Wellman (Portland) and redshirt frosh defensive tackle Jacob Moreno (Holt).

Senior slot back Robert Miller (Carson, Calif.) along with junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) were named the winners of the Crimson and Gold Spring Game Players Award. The award honors both an offensive and defensive player who were selected as the most outstanding players in the annual spring gridiron contest.

Santino Favot
A co-winner of the Most Improved Player Award was sophomore Santino Favot, who displayed the most improvement in spring practice.

The Winter Top Dog Award, based on improvement in the team's winter semester strength and conditioning program, was presented to sophomore guard John Rasch (Lowell), redshirt freshman quarterback Ricky Anderson (Muskegon), senior defensive tackle-end Kurt Hout (Arvada, Colo./West), and Jordan Moore.

Ferris will officially kickoff its 99th year of varsity competition Saturday, Sept. 1, versus the Kentucky State University Thorobreds in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference tilt at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), will play an 11 regular-season schedule for the 2007 season. Ferris' conference opener is Saturday, Sept. 8, against the Mercyhurst Lakers at Top Taggart Field with opening kickoff slated for 7 p.m. (EDT).

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