Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program will officially start preparations for its 2014 campaign as the Bulldogs open spring drills this Friday, March 21, in Big Rapids.
The Bulldogs will begin their 106th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on competing for a potential Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship and a NCAA Division II Playoff berth after posting only the program's second eight-win season in the last 16 years during the 2013 campaign.
Third-year head coach Tony Annese and his Bulldog staff will have the NCAA-allotted total of 15 practices, which will include the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Game on Friday, April 18, at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Opening kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. (EDT).
The Bulldogs' first practice of the spring will take place at Top Taggart Field on Friday starting at 4 p.m. (ET).
FSU will conduct a varied spring practice schedule that runs over the course of four weeks from March 21 to April 18. The spring schedule is subject to change depending on the weather and most practices are slated to take place at Top Taggart Field.
Practices times will also vary with sessions both during the morning and afternoon depending on the day of the week and class schedules.
More information on the spring game will be available soon.
Ferris State wrapped up a successful 2013 campaign and the second season under Annese's direction last fall with a 8-3 overall record along with a second-place 8-2 finish in the GLIAC North Division standings. FSU narrowly missed receiving the school's first playoff bid in 17 years.
The Bulldogs' eight-win campaign last fall was the school's first since 2006 and only the second in the program's last 16 seasons. Additionally, Ferris State's eight league wins in 2013 were also its most since 1996.
Ferris State's eight league wins in 2013 were also its most since 1996 and the Bulldogs beat rival Grand Valley State for the second consecutive year to hold onto possession of the Anchor-Bone Trophy.
Recently, FSU also inked a highly-regarded 35-member recruiting class on National Signing Day in February. The taltented class of 33 prepsters and two Division I transfers came on the heels of a stellar class a year ago that was labeled as the best in the nation.
2014 Spring Practice Schedule:
Practice #1 - Friday, March 21, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #2 - Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Practice #3 - Tuesday, March 25, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Practice #4 - Friday, March 28, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #5 - Saturday, March 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Practice #6 - Sunday, March 30, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #7 - Tuesday, April 1, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Practice #8 - Friday, April 4, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #9 - Saturday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Practice #10 - Tuesday, April 8, 11:15-1:30 p.m.
Practice #11 - Friday, April 11, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #12 - Sunday, April 13, 4-6 p.m.
Practice #13 - Tuesday, April 15, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Practice #14 - Thursday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Practice #15 - Friday, April 18, 12 p.m. (Crimson & Gold Spring Game)
NOTE -- All Eastern (ET) start times and locations are subject to change.