FERRIS FOOTBALL RANKED 18TH IN PRESEASON NATIONAL PUBLICATION
Junior Jake Visser Claims Preseason All-America Laurels For Bulldogs
The Ferris State University football team, which is coming off its best season in a decade, has earned preseason recognition as the nation's 18th-ranked squad in the 2007 Lindy's College Football Preview Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll. The annual magazine publication recently hit newsstands nationwide and features coverage along with rankings from all NCAA football divisions.
|Junior defensive tackle Jake Visser was named to the 2007 Lindy's Division II Preseason All-America Second Team as the Bulldogs garnered a national preseason ranking from the publication
Lindy's is an annual college football publication which is in its 26th year of existance.
The Bulldogs are one of three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) programs ranked in the magazine's preseason top 25. Two-time (2005 & 2006) defending NCAA-II National Champion Grand Valley State was given the publication's preseason number one ranking while Northwood is listed 20th in the preseason listing. Northwest Missouri State, Chadron State (Neb.), North Dakota and Bloomsburg (Pa.) rounded out the top five behind GVSU.
The publication also named Bulldog junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) to its 2007 All-Division II Preseason All-America Second Team. Lindy's chose both first and second team preseason All-America selections on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Visser was one of six GLIAC players represented on the preseason All-America listing and among only three league defensive standouts featured along with a pair of first-team picks in GVSU's Anthony Adams (LB) and Brandon Carr (DB).
Visser was a 2006 honorable mention All-America selection by both D2Football.com and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. The 2006 All-GLIAC First-Team lineman finished second among Ferris' 2006 tackles leaders with 86 stops (52 solos) as an 11-game starter. The two-time (2005-06) FSU Most Valuable Defensive Lineman also finished ninth nationally last season in pass sacks per game (1.0 avg.).
Additionally, the magazine featured a pair of Bulldog contests this campaign among its 25 Division II "key games". The first such contest is FSU's visit to Grand Valley State set for Oct. 27 in Allendale, Mich. The league matchup will represent the 36th meeting in the all-time series between the West Michigan archrivals with the game's winner being presented with the sixth annual Anchor Bone Trophy. Grand Valley State concluded the 2006 season as the unanimous number-one ranked team in all NCAA-II polls.
The second "key game" mentioned is Ferris' regular-season home finale and annual Senior Day contest slated for Nov. 3 versus Northwood at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The Timberwolves finished 18th in the final 2006 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
Expectations are high after Ferris State concluded the 2006 campaign at 8-3-0 overall, which represented the program's most single-season victories since 1996. The Bulldogs, who compiled a third-place 7-3-0 mark in the GLIAC, also finished the year ranked 17th in Don Hansen's Football Gazette's final Division II Top 40 poll and 22nd nationally in D2Football.com's final Top 25 poll.
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.
Along with the season opener, the 11-game regular-season schedule features six home contests. Ferris' conference opener is Saturday, Sept. 8, against the Mercyhurst Lakers at Top Taggart Field with opening kickoff slated for 7 p.m. (EDT).
Lindy's Division II Preseason Top 25
1. Grand Valley State
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Chadron State (Neb.)
4. North Dakota
5. Bloomsburg (Pa.)
7. Delta State (Miss.)
8. Valdosta State (Ga.)
9. South Dakota
10. Indiana (Pa.)
11. West Chester (Pa.)
12. Midwestern State (Texas)
13. Bemidji State (Minn.)
14. Shepherd (W.Va.)
15. Pittsburg State (Kan.)
16. North Alabama
17. Newberry (S.C.)
18. Ferris State
19. West Texas A&M
21. Arkansas Tech
22. Abilene Christian (Texas)
23. Henderson State (Ark.)
24. Tiffin (Ohio)
25. Elizabeth City State (N.C.)