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Record Rushing

Bulldogs’ Ringer helped return rivalry between Dogs and GVSU

by Published: Oct 17, 2012

Clutch It, Clutch It Real Good: Bulldog run­ning back Korey Ringer recieves the hand­off from quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan in the moist home­com­ing game against Hillsdale. Ferris State would fall to the Chargers 30–20. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Until his 70-yard run against Grand Valley State University Oct. 6, Bulldog junior run­ning back Korey Ringer had yet to score in 11 attempts and 45 yards covered.

At the begin­ning of the sec­ond half against GVSU, Ringer found a hole in the Lakers’ defense to score his first touch­down of the year and give the Bulldogs a 27–24 lead, which Ferris main­tained to hoist the Anchor-Bone tro­phy for the first time later that night.

Ringer stayed on the field in Allendale after his squad-best 70-yard rush to com­plete his night with 131 yards cov­ered on the ground in 11 carries.

“His 70 yard run against Grand Valley was very impres­sive because it showed how ath­letic he was run­ning past GVSU’s defend­ers,” senior line­backer Tayo Moss said. “He runs very hard and is a great team player.”

Ringer, sopho­more run­ning back Jamaal Jackson and red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan made his­tory that night by end­ing a 13-year los­ing streak to GVSU.

“He made the right cuts at the right times,” senior run­ning back Skyler Stoker said. “The play calls really took advan­tage of what GVSU was doing defen­sively and he ran the plays to the T.”

Each of the three entered their names in the foot­ball program’s record book as play­ers who rushed for over 100 yards each and com­bined for a record total 423 yards rushed between them.

“Korey, Skyler and Jamaal are all great run­ning backs for our pro­gram,” Moss said.

In six games this year with the Bulldogs, Ringer has made 19 car­ries for a total of 166 yards cov­ered on the ground. He did not play Oct. 13 against nation­ally 25th-ranked Hillsdale.

Ringer trans­ferred from Grand Rapids Community College. He is one of six trans­fer stu­dents from head coach Tony Annese’s 2011 GRCC foot­ball team. Ringer was a two-year starter as run­ning back for GRCC.

When Ringer began his search for a place to con­tinue play­ing foot­ball after GRCC, he ini­tially wanted to join the tra­di­tion of Division I foot­ball ath­letes in his family.

His father, Kevin, played at the University of Iowa as a run­ning back who backed up Ronnie Harmon and Rick Bayless in the mid-1980s. Ringer’s younger brother is a line­backer for the University of Michigan and his uncle, Javon, is cur­rently a run­ning back for the Tennessee Titans and com­peted at Michigan State where he was given All-American hon­ors in his senior year.

Ringer, a Dayton, Ohio, native, chose to con­tinue play­ing for Annese with hopes that the Bulldogs could win back-to-back championships.

He grew accus­tomed to win­ning under Annese’s sys­tem at GRCC and when he was given the chance to join Ferris, he chose not to hes­i­tate any longer.

Ringer hopes he can con­tinue play­ing foot­ball after his stay at Ferris, prefer­ably in the NFL. If his dream to con­tinue play­ing falls through, he plans to coach foot­ball, the sport he has a pas­sion for, to stu­dents who are either in high school or junior col­lege in hopes that he can help them fol­low their own dream.

 
 
  • me

    You say Ringer did not play vs. Hillsdale,yet your pic­ture clearly shows him tak­ing a hand­off vs. those same Hilldale Chargers…

  • me

    You say Ringer did not play vs. Hillsdale,yet your pic­ture clearly shows him tak­ing a hand­off vs. those same Hilldale Chargers…

  • me

    You say Ringer did not play vs. Hillsdale,yet your pic­ture clearly shows him tak­ing a hand­off vs. those same Hilldale Chargers…

  • me

    You say Ringer did not play vs. Hillsdale,yet your pic­ture clearly shows him tak­ing a hand­off vs. those same Hilldale Chargers…

    • Tyler Shelton

      The offi­cial sta­tis­tics I used for this arti­cle showed that Korey Ringer did not earn any yards against the Hillsdale Chargers on Oct. 13. While he received a start against Hillsdale, there are zero stats that showed he played in the game. Nor is Ringer listed in the play-by-play for the game.

    • Tyler Shelton

      The offi­cial sta­tis­tics I used for this arti­cle showed that Korey Ringer did not earn any yards against the Hillsdale Chargers on Oct. 13. While he received a start against Hillsdale, there are zero stats that showed he played in the game. Nor is Ringer listed in the play-by-play for the game.

    • Tyler Shelton

      The offi­cial sta­tis­tics I used for this arti­cle showed that Korey Ringer did not earn any yards against the Hillsdale Chargers on Oct. 13. While he received a start against Hillsdale, there are zero stats that showed he played in the game. Nor is Ringer listed in the play-by-play for the game.