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2004 Ferris State Football Quick Facts

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GENERAL
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2741
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 11,803
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: 336-378-40 (.472 winning pct.)

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) 591-2217/2143
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/Ferris State Record (Career): 10th/60-39-0 (60-39-0)
    Office Phone/E-Mail: (231) 591-2864/piercej@ferris.edu
    Best Time/Day to Reach Coach: Monday-Thursday -- 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
Ken Conlin (South Dakota 1997), Offensive Line & Tight Ends
Amp Campbell (Michigan State 1999), Defensive Backs, Special Teams & Recruiting Coordinator
Joe Curry (St. Francis, Ill. 2001), Defensive Line
Rick Williams (Michigan State 1977), Kickers & Punters
Graduate Assistant Coach:
Kyle Park (Ferris State 2002) Wide Receivers & Offensive Line Assistant
Student Assistant Coaches:
Doug Wing, Andy Szatkowski, Kirk Long, Vito Ciaramellano
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
2003 Overall Record: 6-5 (3-2 home, 3-3 road)
2003 GLIAC Record/Finish: 5-5/4thT
Final Ranking: None
Basic Offensive System: Pro-I
Basic Defensive System: 4-3
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 36/19
    Offense: 17/9
    Defense: 18/7
    Specialty: 1/3
Starters Returning/Lost: 14/11
    Offense: 6/5
    Defense: 7/4
    Specialty: 1/2

Returning Offensive Starters:
Tom Marsan, QB, 6-3, 195, Sr.
Andy Thwaites, FL, 6-2, 185, Sr.
Carlton Brewster, SE, 5-11, 200, Jr.
Brandis Bowie, SE, 5-10, 187, Jr.
Jeff Williams, RG, 6-2, 298, Jr.
Kevin Park, LT, 6-8, 298, Sr.

Returning Defensive Starters:
Whitney Bell, DT, 6-2, 284, Sr.
Jesse Schnitker, DE, 6-2, 255, Sr.
John Hazle, DE, 6-2, 240, Sr.
Rob Mida, OLB, 6-2, 225, Sr.
Kevin Myers, OLB, 5-11, 210, Sr.
Jim Skodak, CB, 6-0, 198, Jr.
Ryan Carruthers, CB, 5-8, 180, Sr.

Returning Specialist Starters:
Matt Desmarais, LS, 6-2, 276, Sr.

All-Star Candidates:
Kevin Myers - 2003 All-GLIAC First Team, 2003 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American, 2003 Associated Press Little All-American, 2003 D2Football.com All-America Honorable Mention, 2003 Daktronics All-America Second Team, 2003 Football Gazette All-America Second Team, 2003 D2Football.com NE Region First Team, 2003 Daktronics NE Region First Team, 2003 Football Gazette NE Region First Team, 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team
Whitney Bell - 2003 All-GLIAC First Team, 2003 Football Gazette All-America Second Team, 2003 Football Gazette NE Region First Team
Carlton Brewster - 2003 All-GLIAC Second Team
Rob Mida - 2003 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Jesse Schnitker - 2003 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Jim Skodak - 2003 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Jeff Williams - 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

Key Losses:
Derek Fudge, TB - 2003 All-GLIAC First Team, 2003 D2Football.com NE Region Honorable Mention, 2002 & 2000 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2000 GLIAC Freshman of the Year
Luke Piepkow, MLB - 2003 & 2002 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2003 FSU Most Valuable Player, 2001 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Matt McCoy, RT - 2003 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention
Vito Ciaramellano, SS - 2003 All-GLIAC Second Team, 2002 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

2004 Captains: TBA

Returning Statistical Leaders (2003 Statistics):
Rushing - Andrew Terry, 11 GP, 34 attempts, 206 yds., 6.1 ypa., 0 TD, long 31 yds., 18.7 ypg.; Tom Marsan, 11 GP, 71 attempts, 169 yds., 2.4 ypa., 3 TD, long 27 yds., 15.4 ypg.

Passing - Tom Marsan, 11 GP, 182 cmp., 329 att., 55.3 comp%, 12 int, 1,983 yds., 12 TD, long 58 yds., 110.69 efficiency rating, 10.9 ypc., 180.3 ypg.

Receiving - Carlton Brewster, 11 GP, 66 rec., 745 yds., 11.3 ypc., 8 TD, long 54 yds., 67.7 ypg.; Brandis Bowie, 11 GP, 39 rec., 473 yds., 12.1 ypc., 2 TD, long 33 yds., 43.0 ypg.; Andy Thwaites, 10 GP, 23 rec., 220 yds., 9.6 ypc., 0 TD, long 19 yds., 22.0 ypg.

Tackles - Kevin Myers, 11 GP, 87 solo, 54 assists, 141 total, 8.5 TFL for 15 yds., 1.0 sacks for 5 yds., 3 int for 16 yds., 5 PBU, 2 FR for 47 yds., 5 FF; Whitney Bell, 10 GP, 64 solo, 35 assists, 99 total, 16.5 TFL for 47 yds., 7.0 sacks for 33 yds., 1 int for 13 yds., 4 PBU, 1 FR for 0 yds., 3 FF; Rob Mida, 11 GP, 39 solo, 49 assists, 88 total, 11.0 TFL for 69 yds., 5.5 sacks for 53 yds., 2 PBU, 2 FR for 31 yds., 3 FF; John Hazle, 11 GP, 39 solo, 38 assists, 77 total, 17.5 TLF for 93 yds., 11.0 sacks for 77 yds., 3 FF.

Punt Returns - Carlton Brewster, 11 GP, 20 returns, 177 yds., 1 TD, long 65 yds., 8.9 ypr.

Kickoff Returns - Carlton Brewster, 11 GP, 25 returns, 420 yds., 0 TD, long 43 yds., 16.8 ypr.

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