Sports Shorts

Devon Johnson to the Scouting Combine

Ferris senior offensive lineman and All-American Devon Johnson was recently invited to attend the 2019 National Football League (NFL) Scouting Combine. Johnson, alongside 337 other college football players, will showcase his skills in front of every NFL team at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 26 to March 4. He is only the second player in school history to receive an invite and the first in 28 years, according to the Ferris Athletics website. The combine puts the athletes through different drills to see whether the NFL team sees them fit for their program. The drills that take place include: 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, bench press and the three-cone drill. Johnson looks to become yet another Ferris football alum that gets drafted to an NFL team or be on the roster of one.

Men’s tennis opens spring season

The Ferris men’s tennis team officially opened up their spring season with a pair of matches against Division I Western Michigan University (WMU) Friday, Feb. 8, in Kalamazoo. Although it is uncommon that the Bulldogs compete against a higher level of play, it showed on the tennis court as they fell 7-0 in both outings. In the first match of the day, WMU won the doubles set by contests of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4. Several sets were close during the singles contests, but WMU went on to sweep during the first match. The second match of the day, Ferris lost again 7-0, while they kept up the intensity and kept it close against the higher level of play that is Division I.

Track and Field Big Meet

Both the Ferris men’s and women’s track and field team competed in Allendale during the Grand Valley State University Big Meet Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9. The Bulldogs competed against all divisions across the NCAA and some athletes fared well against the high competition. Ferris sophomore Amanda Esinger placed 12th in the Women’s High Jump Open out of 39 that competed. Ferris senior Damien Halverson, who also competed in the Division II Men’s Cross Country National Championship in the fall, set a new personal record of 15:07.39 during the 5K race. Ferris junior Katie Etelamaki placed third overall in the Women’s 3000 Meter