FERRIS' KYLE PARRISH EARNS GLIAC HONOR AFTER IMPRESSIVE GAME
Junior Quarterback Chosen As League Offensive Player Of The Week
Ferris State University junior quarterback Kyle Parrish (Garden Grove, Calif./Santiago) has been recognized as this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Player of the Week following his impressive performance off the bench in FSU's 31-24 league road win at Indianapolis this past Saturday (Oct. 11) at Indy's Key Stadium.
Parrish set a new school record with 477 total offensive yards in a relief role as the Bulldogs pulled out the victory in Indianapolis. He received his first extensive game action of the season after starting redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) went down with an injury late in the first quarter and threw for a career-high 404 yards passing with four touchdowns on 26-of-41 attempts. He also ran for a team-high 73 rushing yards on nine carries (8.1 avg.).
The 6-1 Parrish threw three touchdown passes of 44 yards or more, including a game-winning 44-yard scoring pass to redshirt freshman receiver Seth Hubbard (Elwell/Alma) with only 18 seconds left in the contest after directing the Bulldogs on a 75-yard march in the two-minute drill. The Compton (Calif.) Community College transfer hooked up with senior wideout Rahseem Jones-Salaam (Baldwin) on a 64-yard TD pass in the second quarter and also tossed a 44-yard scoring completion to senior wideout Cole Meredith (Big Rapids) in the fourth quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 24-17 lead with 5:29 remaining. His first TD pass of the night came on his first drive, which ended in a 13-yard scoring hookup with Hubbard only 25 seconds into the second quarter.
"Kyle came in and and really sparked our football team to a victory," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce following the contest. "I was really impressed with the way he came out and performed in this game.
"He showed a lot of poise in the pocket and even when there was pressure he kept his eyes down the field and delivered the football to receivers."
Parrish’s 477 total offensive yards in the contest eclipsed the previous school record of 433 yards set by current FSU offensive coordinator and former QB Matt McCarthy at Hillsdale in 1999 (10/30). With Parrish directing the offense, the Bulldogs managed to score five times and had two missed field goal attempts. The offense either reached the endzone or the red zone seven times in the 10 offensive drives he led versus Indianapolis.
His 404 yards passing represented the fourth-highest single game total in school history. He's also one of only seven players in the 100-year history of Bulldog football to throw four or more touchdown passes in a single contest.
His selection this week marks the third time a Bulldog player has earned one of the GLIAC's weekly award honors this campaign as senior All-America defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and junior safety Chad Wilson (Howell) both previously picked up recognition on the defensive side.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the GLIAC with Saturday's victory. FSU returns home to host the Wayne State Warriors in its 2008 homecoming contest Saturday, Oct. 18, with kickoff set for 2 p.m. (EDT) at Ferris' Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.