Bulldog lands tryout with Pittsburgh Steelers

Marcus Cribbs fighting for a spot on an NFL roster

Former Ferris State defensive tackle Marcus Cribbs is getting his shot at the NFL.

Cribbs will be trying out for the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent this Friday through Sunday. Cribbs will be one of 54 players invited to a rookie mini-camp with the Steelers and will play for a chance to return to camp with the organization.

According to mlive.com, Cribbs was contacted shortly after the final pick was chosen in the 2015 NFL Draft this past Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Clinton Township native contributed 32 tackles and 2 sacks for the Bulldogs in 11 games last season.

Before coming to Ferris, Cribbs played junior college with Grand Rapids Community College. He was selected as a junior college All-American while at GRCC.

If Cribbs signs a contract with the Steelers, he will be the first Ferris State player in the NFL since 2003 when wide-receiver Clarence Coleman Jr. signed with the Buffalo Bills. Coleman is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Division II, and had eight receptions for 69 yards in one season with the Bills.

Cribbs is one of 13 tryout players that will be trying out in Pittsburgh starting this Friday. The 54 player mini-camp will also include 21 first-year players, eight rookies drafted in last week’s NFL draft and 12 rookie undrafted free agents.

Updates to come on Cribbs’ status with the Steelers.