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FERRIS FOOTBALL TO DISTRIBUTE SPRING PRACTICE AWARDS

Deserving Individuals To Receive Recognition Following Spring Ball

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The implementation of spring football practice awards for the Ferris State football program is another positive aspect in preparing for the regular fall campaign.

The Ferris State University football program has announced the creation of several football spring practice awards, which will be distributed to deserving Bulldog football student-athletes on an annual basis.

"This is an opportunity for the program to acknowledge those individuals who have made significant progess in the offseason," said Ferris State football head coach Jeff Pierce, the school's all-time winningest coach. "These (spring) awards are a positive part of spring football and the improvement shown in the offseason is necessary for us if we want to be a championship contender.

"I firmly believe championships are won in the amount of preparation a team has prior to each season," added Pierce.

A total of five individual gridiron spring practice awards have been formed and will be announced following the conclusion of spring drills.

The Most Improved Award will be presented to an individual(s) who have shown the most improvement in spring practice from the previous season.

The Bulldog Award will be given to both an offensive and defensive player who exemplifies and sustains tenacity and intense play throughout the spring practice.

The Newcomer Award will be handed out to a player in his first year on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The recipient(s) are ones who during spring drills make the most progress.

The fourth award is the Spring Game Players Award, which will be issued to a player on offense and one on defense who have been chosen as the most outstanding players of the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game.

The Winter Top Dog Award will go to the individual(s) who have demonstrated the most significant improvement in their strength and conditioning from the start of the university's winter semester to its conclusion in early May.

The annual Ferris State Crimson and Gold Spring Game will be held on Friday, April 20, at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT) and admission is free.

The FSU football spring practice awards will serve for recognition solely as no trophies or plaques are planned to be distributed at this time.

Ferris State will officially begin its 99th year of varsity competition on Saturday, Sept. 1, versus the Kentucky State University Thorobreds in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), will have 11 regular-season games on the docket for the upcoming 2007 campaign.

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