2008 FERRIS STATE FOOTBALL TEAM CAPTAINS NAMED
Three Seniors & One Junior Will Lead The Bulldogs This Upcoming Campaign
The Ferris State University football team has chosen its team captains for the 2008 season as voted on by the team members. The announcement was made by 14th-year head coach Jeff Pierce.
|The Bulldogs' team captains in 2008 will be (left to right) Jordan Moore, Jake Visser, Cole Meredith & Eric Grozenski
The offensive captains will be senior receiver Cole Meredith (Big Rapids) and junior quarterback Eric Grozenski (Rochester Hills/Notre Dame Prep). Senior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and senior linebacker Jordan Moore (Ada/Lowell) will captain the Bulldog defense. Visser is the lone player of the four who also served as a team captain last season.
A returning All-American, Visser has earned preseason acclaim this summer by being named to the 2008 Lindy's College Football Preview All-Division II Preseason First Team along with the Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Division II Preseason All-America Second Team and the Sporting News Division II Preseason All-America Team. Lindy's also selected Visser as its Divsion II Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Visser capped off a memorable junior campaign in 2007 by earning first-team All-America recognition from D2football.com, the American Football Coaches Association and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. He was also named to both the Daktronics All-America Second Team squad and the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team. Visser claimed ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team honors in addition to being one of inaugural fall recipeints of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award for Athletics and Academic Excellence a year ago.
In 2007, Visser tallied the squad's second-highest tackles figure (106) and led the squad in tackles for loss with 14.5 for minus 62 yards, which ranked fifth in the conference. He also had a team-best nine quarterback hurries along with 5.5 sacks for a loss of 41 yards. In 34 career contests, Visser has compiled 290 tackles (154 solos) with five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and four pass deflections. He also has 38.5 tackles for loss resulting in a negative 165 yards. Visser is presently seventh on Ferris State's all-time pass sacks leaders list with 20.0 total for a negative 125 yards. The team Most Valuable Player Award recipient received 2007 first-team All-Northwest Region accolades for the second consecutive year and was tabbed as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year after earning all-conference first team laurels for the second year in a row. Along with placing fifth among last season's league leaders in tackles for loss, Visser also ranked sixth in total tackles (9.6 tpg.).
A sixth-year senior, Moore returns to the starting lineup after earning All-GLIAC Honorable Mention laurels in 2007. He started all 11 games a year ago and received the team's Bulldog Spirit Award after placing third on the squad with 81 total tackles. He had six tackles for loss with both a forced fumble and a recovery last fall. Moore, who was honored with FSU's Tomorrow's Team Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2003, has tallied 131 total stops in 34 career outings at FSU entering his final campaign.
The 6-0 Meredith played in all 11 games and started the final four contests a season ago. He caught nine passes for 187 yards and a touchdown while adding eight tackles, two fumble returns and a blocked kick in special teams action. The two-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection started seven contests in 2006 with 21 catches for 286 yards and three scores. To date, Meredith has totaled 31 career receptions for 484 yards and four touchdown catches.
Finally, Grozenski is the lone returning quarterback on the roster with significant game experience at the position. He played in seven games as the team's backup signal caller last fall and completed eight-of-16 passes for 138 yards, including a 64-yard pass completion at Gannon (10/13). The two-year letterwinner also appeared in four games as a reserve in 2006 after redshirting during the 2005 campaign.
Ferris State will kickoff its 100th season of varsity competition this coming Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, then open GLIAC action the following Saturday, Sept. 6, on the road at 1 p.m. (EDT) versus the Ashland Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. FSU's home opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, against the Findlay Oilers with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.