FERRIS' CHAD WILSON CLAIMS GLIAC DEFENSIVE HONOR THIS WEEK
Junior Strong Safety Earns League Award After Thrilling Interception Return
Junior strong safety Chad Wilson (Howell) 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 come from behind 31-24 triumph over Northern Michigan Saturday (Sept. 27) afternoon at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
Wilson picked off a Wildcat pass in the final seconds and ran it back 75 yards for a game-winning touchdown to cap the Bulldogs' thrilling comeback. He intercepted Carter Kopach's pass downfield at the FSU 25-yard line and cut back to the opposite side of the field before he eventually found paydirt with less than five seconds left in the game. The interception was Wilson's second of the season and he added nine tackles with six solo stops and two pass breakups in the victory.
“Their quarterback threw the ball and it really just came right to me,” said Wilson after the game. “The coaches always tell us to try and get to the sidelines when we make an interception like that and that’s what I was trying to do especially since everything was all jumbled up in the middle.
"Guys were making great blocks down the field for me and I was really just trying to follow the blocks and get to the end zone.”
Wilson's selection this campaign marks the second time a Bulldog player has earned the GLIAC's defensive weekly award this campaign as senior All-America defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) previously picked up the honor after FSU's win at Ashland (Sept. 6).
The 6-0 Wilson returned to the Bulldog lineup this campaign after missing most of last season due to injury and currently has recorded a team-high eight passes defended along with 21 total tackles and 14 solo hits this season. He has both of Ferris' defensive interceptions this campaign and has registered six breakups on the year while starting all five contests. His interception return for a score in Saturday's game represented his first collegiate touchdown.
In his career, Wilson has tallied 53 total tackles (34 solo), 11 passes defended and three interceptions in 17 outings. He started the first four games last season (2007) and made two starts in 2006 after redshirting as a freshman in 2005.
The Bulldogs, who are currently 4-1 overall and 3-1 in GLIAC action this season, travel to Michigan Tech this Saturday (Oct. 4) for a 1 p.m. (EDT) league game at MTU's Sherman Field in Houghton, Mich.