FORMER FERRIS ATHLETE JEFF HEPHNER TO APPEAR IN TV SHOW MONDAY

Ex-Bulldog Basketball Player Can Be Seen In CBS Drama "CSI: Miami"

Jeff Hephner A former Ferris State University men's basketball player is scheduled to make his next television appearance on Monday (Oct. 15), which happens to be the same day the Bulldogs open preparations for yet another college hoops season.

Actor and Michigan native Jeff Hephner, who played collegiately for the Bulldogs from 1996-99, will make a guest appearance Monday evening on CBS Television's popular drama series "CSI: Miami". In Monday's episode, which is titled "Bang, Bang, Your Debt", Hephner will fill the role of Gary Lanier as a mysterious death of a college student in a car fire is investigated. The one-hour show airs at 10 p.m. (EDT) and will be the sixth of 24 episodes this season.

Inspired by the top-rated series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," the "CSI: Miami" show is a drama that follows a South Florida team of forensic investigators who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes. Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Duquesne, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways, and Ryan Wolfe, a former patrol officer who specializes in blood and trace evidence. Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense know-it-all coroner, and Natalia Boa Vista, the enigmatic DNA specialist. Helping Horatio with cases is Det. Frank Tripp, a tough yet thorough police officer. Together, these investigators collect and analyze the evidence to solve the crimes and to avenge those who cannot speak for themselves -- the victims.

Monday evening's guest appearance will be the latest role Hephner has played in his acting career. Hephner, whose early film credits included “Tigerland” (2000), “The Outlands” (2002) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002), has previously played several prominent roles in a variety of television shows and movies. He played assistant district attorney Keenan O'Brien in Fox Television's courtroom drama series, "The Jury" (2004), and has also appeared in both "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "The O.C." in recent months. He also starred as Pat Conroy in last year's (2006) popular made-for-television Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "The Water Is Wide", which appeared on CBS. His credits should expand in the next few months with scheduled television appearances on both "Without A Trace" and "Nip/Tuck".

The 6-3 Hephner appeared in 42 games during his three-year Bulldog playing career. He served as the squad’s team captain during the 1998-99 campaign and totaled 58 points along with 27 rebounds as an FSU player. The Sand Creek High School product previously played two seasons at Calvin College before transferring to Ferris State. Hephner, who redshirted during the 1996-97 campaign, was a member of the Bulldogs’ 1997-98 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament championship team which posted a 21-12 overall record and a fourth-place (10-8) GLIAC North Division finish.

Hephner was a college roommate and former teammate of current FSU assistant men’s basketball coach Cory Anderson. Sixth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall served as a Bulldog assistant coach during Hephner’s initial two seasons at Ferris State.