FSU alum Justin Zimmer makes Atlanta Falcons’ active roster

TACKLE: Ferris State University defensive tackle Justin Zimmer (48) makes a tackle during the 2015 season. Zimmer has been named to the Atlanta Falcons’ active roster. (Pioneer file photo)

ATLANTA — A familiar face will be suiting up for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons this season.

Ferris State football alum Justin Zimmer has made the Falcons’ active 52-man roster.

A second-year pro from Greenville, MI, Zimmer finished his collegiate career as a three-time All-GLIAC First Team selection for the Bulldogs. He was both a nominee for the Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award and the Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2015 after being a national finalist for both honors the previous campaign.

Statistically, Zimmer led Ferris State in tackles (81), quarterback sacks (13), tackles for loss (26) and forced fumbles (four). He was also chosen to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team squad, making him a three-time Academic All-American and two-time first-team recipient.

As a senior, Zimmer helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-1 overall record for the second-straight year in 2015 as FSU captured the school’s second-straight GLIAC Championship while capping off back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons. Ferris State also stretched its regular-season win streak to 25 games and posted its first playoff victory in 19 years during Zimmer’s senior campaign.

During his collegiate career, FSU posted the GLIAC’s best league record (34-6) and the squad owned the top overall four-year record of all 21 collegiate programs in Michigan (37-9).

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