FERRIS' ERIK SCHUMACHER CLAIMS GLIAC DEFENSIVE HONOR THIS WEEK
Senior Defensive End Earns League Weekly Honor After Win Over Gannon
Senior defensive end Erik Schumacher (Lake Isabella/Beal City) of the Ferris State University football squad has claimed this week’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Defensive Player of the Week honor after his performance in FSU's 48-14 league triumph over the Gannon Golden Knights last Saturday (Oct. 13) in Erie, Pa.
The 6-4 Schumacher tallied eight tackles, including four solo stops in helping the Bulldogs shut down the GU offense. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, which resulted in -15 yards. Schumacher registered 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 14 yards. His performance helped the FSU defense limit the Knights to 218 total yards, most of which came in the final quarter.
FSU’s defense allowed only 76 yards in the opening half and finished the game with 11 tackles for loss, which resulted in minus 53 yards. FSU also had five quarterback sacks, forced a fumble and blocked a punt in its first-ever visit to Gannon University Field.
An All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection last season, Schumacher currently ranks fifth among the squad's leaders this season with 34 total tackles, which includes 18 solo stops. He has a team-leading 5.5 sacks for a loss of 27 yards. His 7.5 tackles for loss rank second on the team to date this season. In addition, he has four quarterback hurries, a team-best three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick this campaign.
In his career, the senior team captain has posted 131 total tackles, 23.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in his 40 games at FSU to date. Schumacher currently is listed eighth (0.43 pg.) nationally in forced fumbles along with 33rd in pass sacks (0.8 pg.) this season, according to the latest (Oct. 15) NCAA-II National Statistics. He ranks third in forced fumbles (0.43 pg.) and is tied for fourth in sacks (0.79 pg.) among the GLIAC's overall leaders to date this year.
Schumacher’s recognition this week represents the third time a Bulldog player has claimed a league weekly honor this year. Senior quarterback C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) earned the league’s weekly offensive distinction after the Bulldogs’ season-opener versus Kentucky State (Sept. 1) while junior kicker/punter Jim Yates (Goshen, Ind.) claimed the special teams honor following his game-winning 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in FSU’s 44-41 triumph over Hillsdale (Sept. 22) at Top Taggart Field.
Ferris State returns home to host the Ashland Eagles in its annual Homecoming contest Saturday, Oct. 20, at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich. Kickoff for the league tilt is set for 2 p.m. (EDT). Tickets will be available at the gate or may be purchased in advance by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. In addition, tickets can be bought online at www.starticketsplus.com.
Saturday’s game will be carried live locally by WYBR (102.3 FM) with Jason DaDay handling the play-by-play duties. A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $6 on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics via “GameTracker” will also be available during the game via FSU’s athletics website.