Junior Earns Special Teams Honor After Game-Tying Field Goal

Ferris State University junior kicker/punter Jim Yates (Goshen, Ind.) has been recognized as this week's (Nov. 5) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Special Teams Player of the Week following Saturday's (Nov. 3) thrilling 48-41 Bulldog overtime victory over Northwood in the school's regular-season home finale at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Jim Yates The 6-1 Yates played a key role in the Bulldogs' Senior Day victory. He drilled a game-tying 28-yard field goal into a stiff wind with only 14 seconds left in regulation to send the contest into overtime. The game-tying kick capped a 69-yard march covering 11 plays for the Bulldogs.

Yates also made a 34-yard field goal in the opening quarter and converted all six of his PAT attempts. He tallied 120 punting yards on four attempts and kicked off eight times for 435 total yards in the game.

His selection this week represents the second time he has earned the league weekly honor this campaign as he previously claimed the distinction after converting a personal career-long 41-yard field goal with only three seconds remaining in FSU's 44-41 league home win over Hillsdale (Sept. 22) at Top Taggart Field.

Yates currently ranks tied for fourth on FSU’s single-season leaders list with 11 made field goals this season. That figure is presently tied for the GLIAC lead this year. He’s also listed second in field goals per game (1.10 pg) along with seventh in punting (38.4 avg.) on the conference charts. Yates’ 68 total points this year are the school’s most in a season since former tailback Derek Fudge netted 90 points on 15 touchdowns in 2003.

Prior to this year, Yates had never attempted a field goal in his Bulldog career. He's converted 11-of-19 (.579) field goal tries and 35-of-38 (.921) PAT attempts this campaign.

Yates' 2,975 career punting yards to date represents the program's 10th-best career figure. He's averaged 38.6 yards on 77 career punts in his Bulldog career. In 2005, Yates' career-best 39.5 yards per punt average was the fourth-highest figure in school single-season history.

Yates is one of three different Bulldog players to receive GLIAC Player of the Week honors this year as senior quarterback C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) picked up the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week Award following FSU's season-opening home triumph over Kentucky State (Sept. 1). Three weeks ago (Oct. 15), senior defensive end Erik Schumacher (Lake Isabella/Beal City) was recognized as the defensive player of the week after his performance in a 48-14 league road win over Gannon (Oct. 13).

Ferris State concludes the 2007 campaign on the road Saturday, Nov. 10, versus the Wayne State Warriors in Detroit, Mich. Kickoff for the league encounter is set for 12 p.m. (EST) at WSU Stadium in the Motor City. FSU can post its fourth winning season in the last five years with a win over Wayne State.

Additionally, a live audio and video webcast of the game will also be available via B2 Networks for $6 and can be accessed by visiting the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.

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