FSU receivers gearing up for 2015 season

OFF THE LINE: Ferris State senior receiver Jake Lampman looks to beat a FSU defensive back off the line on Wednesday during a group scrimmage at Top Taggart Field. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

OFF THE LINE: Ferris State senior receiver Jake Lampman looks to beat a FSU defensive back off the line on Wednesday during a group scrimmage at Top Taggart Field. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

BIG RAPIDS — Last season, the Ferris State University football team ranked ninth in receiving yards in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Fifth-year senior wideout Jake Lampman, and the rest of the Bulldogs receivers, hope to revamp the Bulldogs’ passing attack in 2015.

The receivers are using the summer to improve their game, especially their speed, Lampman said. The group is currently working out together four to five times a week, including weightlifting, group scrimmages and conditioning sessions.

“It seems like a lot of guys are really serious about what we are going to do next season,” Lampman said. “The numbers at the workouts are the highest they have ever been, including younger guys who are looking to make an impression.”

Lampman missed most of the 2014 season because of injury, playing in only three games. He still racked up 216 yards and five touchdowns. He was recently given a medical redshirt to return for next season.

Junior Shakur Sanders led the Bulldogs in receiving last year with 49 receptions for 736 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior Jamel Lockett was second on the team with 38 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns.

According to Lampman, the receivers look to be much stronger next season, mainly due to the strong bond the group has developed during the summer months.

“Over the summer, we are all out here building our chemistry already,” Lampman said. “(The receiving group) looks really good. We are really deep and have a lot of young guys who will have the chance to make an impact. We also have a lot of guys returning. Going into camp, we are definitely going to be ahead of the game.”

The Bulldogs leaned on their rushing game last season behind star quarterback Jason Vander Laan and a breakout performance from sophomore running back Jahaan Brown.

Vander Laan had 1,466 rushing yards, while Brown added 786 yards.

While teams will most likely be focusing on stopping the Bulldogs’ rushing game in 2015, their passing game has a chance to flourish. According to Lampman, the impact the receivers will make next season starts with the work they put in right now.

“This is probably the most summer work we have ever done,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve ever pushed ourselves this hard, as well. Everyone wants to be first in every drill, so we are very competitive, which is good.”

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