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2003 Ferris State Football Quick Facts

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GENERAL
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 11,074
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and Gold
Stadium: Top Taggart Field
Capacity/Year Built: 6,200/1957
Surface: Artificial Turf (AstroTurf 12)
Affiliation: NCAA II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Year: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Alma Mater, Year: Ferris State, 1977
Assistant Athletics Director: Brian Kegler (Northern Iowa, 1998)
Coordinator of Records and NCAA: Carma Burcham
Athletics Faculty Representative: Terry Nerbonne
Athletics Department Phone/FAX: (231) 591-2860/591-2869

HISTORY
First Year Of Football: 1900
All-Time Playoff Record: 5-5
Years In Post-Season Play: 5
Last Post-Season Appearance: 1996
Result: Lost, 23-21 to Clarion (Pa.) in NCAA II Quarterfinals
All-Time Record: 330-373-40 (.471)

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Athletics Communications Director (Football Contact): Joe Gorby
    Office/Home: (231) 591-2336/796-2732
    E-Mail: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Communications Director: Rob Bentley
    Office/Home: (231) 591-3821/796-1178
    E-Mail: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications FAX: (231) 591-3775
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Press Box Phone: (231) 591-2217/5994
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, Sports Complex 002, Big Rapids, MI. 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Jeff Pierce
    Alma Mater/Year Graduated: Ferris State/1979
    Year Entering/Record (FSU/Career): 9th/54-34-0 (54-34-0)
    Office Phone/E-Mail: (231) 591-2864/piercej@ferris.edu
    Best Time/Day to Reach Coach: M-TR. 9-11 a.m. (ET)
Assistant Coaches:
Duane Wilson (Western Michigan 1983), Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers)
Matt McCarthy (Ferris State 1999), Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks & Wide Receivers
Darrell Perkins (Wyoming 1990), Defensive Backs & Special Teams
Ken Conlin (South Dakota 1997), Offensive Line, Tight Ends & Recruiting Coordinator
Rick Williams (Michigan State 1977), Kickers & Punters
Joe Curry (St. Francis, Ill. 2001), Defensive Line
Head Athletics Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Assistant Athletics Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Assistant Athletics Trainer: Michael Blackburn, ATC
Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

TEAM INFORMATION
2002 Overall Record: 5-5 (4-1 home, 1-4 road)
2002 GLIAC Record/Finish: 4-5/6th
Final Ranking: None
Basic Offensive System: Pro-I
Basic Defensive System: 4-3
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 39/16
    Offense: 19/7
    Defense: 18/9
    Specialty: 2/0
Starters Returning/Lost: 16/9
    Offense: 8/3
    Defense: 5/6
    Specialty: 3/0

Returning Offensive Starters:
Tom Marsan, QB, 6-3, 183, Jr.
Derek Fudge, TB, 5-9, 191, Sr.
Andy Thwaites, FL, 6-2, 191, Jr.
Carlton Brewster, SE, 5-11, 192, So.
Matt McCoy, RT, 6-8, 267, Sr.
Jeff Williams, RG, 6-2, 293, Jr.
Andy Szatkowski, LG, 6-2, 284, Jr.
Jamie Bretl, C, 6-3, 276, So.

Returning Defensive Starters:
Whitney Bell, DT, 6-2, 265, Jr.
Luke Piepkow, MLB, 6-3, 226, Sr.
Rob Mida, OLB, 6-2, 235, Jr.
Kevin Myers, OLB, 5-11, 210, Jr.
Vito Ciaramellano, SS, 6-1, 214, Sr.

Returning Specialist Starters:
Tom Perez, K, 5-9, 151, Sr.
Tim Gill, P, 5-9, 159, Sr.
Matt Desmarais, LS, 6-1, 277, Jr.

All-Star Candidates:
Derek Fudge - 2002 & 2000 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2000 GLIAC Freshman of the Year
Luke Piepkow - 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2001 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Kevin Myers - 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team
Jeff Williams - 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Vito Ciaramellano - 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Matt McCoy - 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

Key Losses:
Bo Moore, DE - 2002 GLIAC Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year, 2002 & 2001 All-GLIAC First Team, 2002 D2Football.com Second Team, 2002 Daktronics Northeast Region First Team, 2002 Football Gazette Northeast Region First Team, 2001 Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention, 2001 Daktronics Northeast Region Second Team
DeRen Ellis, CB - 2002 & 2000 All-GLIAC First Team, 2002 Football Gazette Northeast Region Third Team, 2001 All-GLIAC Second Team
Justin Giordano, LT - 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team
Jason Feasel, DT - 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team
Alvin Grier, FS - 2002, 2001 & 2000 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention, 1999 All-GLIAC Second Team, 1999 USA Football Sophomore All-America Honorable Mention
Brad Newell, FB - 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

2003 Captains: TBA

Returning Statistical Leaders (2002 Statistics):
Rushing - Derek Fudge, 10 GP, 233 attempts, 1,016 yds., 4.4 ypa., 10 TD, long 62 yds., 101.6 ypg.; Andrew Terry, 8 GP, 24 attempts, 106 yds., 4.4 ypa., 2 TD, long 15 yds., 13.2 ypg.

Passing - Tom Marsan, 10 GP, 199 cmp., 387 att., 51.4 comp%, 16 int, 2,350 yds., 10 TD, long 68 yds., 102.69 efficiency rating, 11.8 ypc., 235.0 ypg.

Receiving - Derek Fudge, 10 GP, 44 rec., 386 yds., 8.8 ypc., 0 TD, long 31 yds., 38.6 ypg.; Andy Thwaites, 10 GP, 32 rec., 411 yds., 12.8 ypc., 3 TD, long 35 yds., 41.1 ypg.; Brandis Bowie, 9 GP, 31 rec., 306 yds., 9.9 ypc., 2 TD, long 28 yds., 34.0 ypg.; Carlton Brewster, 10 GP, 27 rec., 288 yds., 10.7 ypc., 2 TD, long 30 yds., 28.8 ypg.

Tackles - Kevin Myers, 10 GP, 66 solo, 46 assists, 112 total, 0.0 TFL for 0 yds., 0.0 sacks for 0 yds., 2 int for 25 yds., 6 PBU; Luke Piepkow, 10 GP, 52 solo, 48 assists, 100 total, 4.0 TFL for 25 yds., 3.0 sacks for 19 yds., 2 PBU, 3 FF; Rob Mida, 10 GP, 43 solo, 49 assists, 92 total, 3.0 TFL for 18 yds., 3.0 sacks for 18 yds., 2 int for 11 yds., 2 PBU, 1 FF, 2 FR for 0 yds.; Whitney Bell, 10 GP, 31 solo, 31 assists, 62 total, 10.0 TLF for 35 yds., 2.0 sacks for 12 yds., 1 FF, 2 FR for 0 yds.; Vito Ciaramellano, 10 GP, 29 solo, 12 assists, 41 total, 2.0 TFL for 5 yds., 3 int for 18 yds., 7 PBU, 1 FR for 0 yds.

Punting - Tim Gill, 10 GP, 34.6 punting avg., 60 att., 2,076 yds., long 65 yds., 14 I20

Kicking - Tom Perez, 10 GP, 8-15 FG, long 47 yds., 24-25 extra pts., 48 pts.

Punt Returns - Carlton Brewster, 10 GP, 28 returns, 253 yds., 1 TD, long 89 yds., 9.0 ypr.

Kickoff Returns - Carlton Brewster, 10 GP, 18 returns, 299 yds., 0 TD, long 71 yds., 16.6 ypr.

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