Spring Cleaning

Optimism is high following productive spring game

by Published: Apr 24, 2013

Spring Scrimmage: Freshman linebacker Jamel Lockett of the Red Team carries the ball against White Team senior defenseman William Miles in the Annual Crimson and Gold Spring Football Game. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Spring Scrimmage: Freshman line­backer Jamel Lockett of the Red Team car­ries the ball against White Team senior defense­man William Miles in the Annual Crimson and Gold Spring Football Game. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

The future looks bright after the annual Crimson and Gold Spring Football Game, as both sides of the ball were suc­cess­fully showcased.

The Bulldogs hit Top Taggart Field on April 20 for the first time this year, as the Red and White Teams faced off in a scrim­mage style tune-up game. Even though the out­come was lop­sided, with the White Team shut­ting down the Red Team 50–14, both offense and defense showed improve­ment and poten­tial for the upcom­ing season.

“It was nice to get back into the swing of things,” Ferris junior defen­sive end Carlton Johnson said. “I felt that it was very pro­duc­tive over­all, and on defense, we did make a cou­ple of mis­takes, but still not bad overall.”

Johnson, a JUCO All-American trans­fer from Grand Rapids Community College, came to Ferris along with head coach Tony Annese, but couldn’t play last year due to the NCAA trans­fer rule. Johnson will help anchor a stout defen­sive line that lost two stand­out play­ers in grad­u­at­ing seniors and pro hope­fuls Jordan Morgan and Brad Iskow.

“I feel like we can be the best defense in the coun­try if we play to our abil­ity,” Johnson said. “We just have to ball out every time we are out there.”

On the offen­sive side of the ball, the White Team dom­i­nated the field with an aggres­sive run­ning game and a solid pass­ing per­for­mance by junior quar­ter­back Taylor Masiewicz.

Masiewicz and sopho­more Trevor Bermingham, who led the Red Team, will be in the mix for the start­ing quar­ter­back role this off-season in lieu of an injury to last year’s explo­sive sig­nal caller, sopho­more Jason Vander Laan.

Vander Laan led Ferris State last sea­son in rush­ing yards per game (121.6) and touch­downs (16), while help­ing lead the Bulldogs to a 7–4 over­all record. Following his recov­ery, Vander Laan will com­pete against Masiewicz and Bermingham for the start­ing quar­ter­back posi­tion and help to improve upon an already ver­sa­tile offense.

“The quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion will be very fun to watch,” Ferris senior run­ning back Korey Ringer said. “They are all dual threats in their own respec­tive way, and when all are healthy, they’re all dangerous.”

The Bulldogs look to con­tinue their already stel­lar off-season, which includes the addi­tion of for­mer Western Michigan head coach Lou Esposito as defen­sive coor­di­na­tor, and one of the best recruit­ing classes in Division II football.

“We have worked extremely hard in the off-season, and have made big improve­ments towards reach­ing our full poten­tial,” sopho­more run­ning back Kitwana Clark said. “Come fall, I believe you guys are going to see a team with more inten­sity, con­sis­tency and over­all a bet­ter team than we were last year. It’s a new year, a new sea­son and a fresh start for the Ferris State Bulldogs.”