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Zimmer makes waves at regional combine
Three-time All-GLIAC first teamer and Ferris State’s own Justin Zimmer had a great showing at an NFL Regional Combine on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 303 pound defensive lineman wowed the observant crowd with a 33-inch vertical jump along with a 4.89 40-yard dash time. Zimmer led the Bulldogs in just about every tackling category last year with 13 sacks, four forced fumbles, 26 tackles for a loss and 81 total tackles.

John Harris of wrote that Zimmer excelled at each of the position movement drills. Harris even went as far as calling Zimmer “Michigan’s hidden secret.”

Zimmer has not been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and does not have a pro day scheduled. He will continue to train under Michael Johnson, a former gold medalist sprinter in McKinney, Texas, as he endures the hardships that the journey to the NFL includes.

Men’s basketball senior night
Ferris State’s four seniors will be honored on Thursday, Feb. 18 before their game against Hillsdale.

The four seniors being honored include center Jared Stolicker, wing James Chappell, wing Josh Fleming and point guard Jibreel Jackson. All four of these men are top producers on their team as their combined points so far this season total to 1,178. That is 347 more points than the rest of the team combined.

Ferris State basketball will be coming off of their first back to back losses of the season when they gear up this week.

The seniors and the rest of the Bulldog ball team have only three regular season games left before they enter the GLIAC Tournament. Thursday’s game against Hillsdale tips off at 8 p.m. inside Jim Wink Arena.

Final Five almost set
Ferris State hockey will once again find themselves in the WCHA Tournament this year, and as of now, they sit in fourth place.

With the loss they took last weekend to Northern Michigan University (NMU), the Dawgs were not able to seal their number four spot. There is still a chance that NMU could slip into the number four spot, so long as they win out and Ferris has a rough last couple of games.

No matter, it is clear that Minnesota State, Bowling Green and Michigan Tech will sit among the top spots in this year’s tournament.

Ferris Hockey returns to conference play at Bowling Green on Friday, Feb. 26 for a weekend series in hopes of shaking up the top five spots a little more.

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