Thrower excelling for Ferris as two-sport athlete

DeShaunThrower was the GLIAC Defensive Player of The Week in Week 1. (Photo Courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

BIG RAPIDS — DeShaun Thrower has had a national championship taste already this year, but wouldn’t mind another one this fall.

The Ferris junior defensive back from Muskegon has been recognized as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week from his team’s 49-17 triumph over East Stroudsburg on Thursday (Aug. 31) night at Top Taggart Field.

On Saturday, No. 9-ranked Ferris, faces No.19 ranked Findlay at Top Taggart Field.

Also a member of the defending national championship basketball team, Thrower made his first career start and had a 51-yard fumble recovery return in the game for his first career touchdown and added an interception that he returned for 45 yards.

“We work on scoop and score all the time,” Thrower said. “That’s something we want to do when we get the chance. We work on it.”

Thrower was a backup last year but has earned a starting spot this season.

“I have a little more weight on my shoulders,” he said. “We have a young team and some transfers.”

For the game, he finished with four tackles and helped the FSU defense limit the Warriors to less than 300 total yards and only 37 yards rushing on 30 carries.

“It’s an awesome experience being a part of the football program and one of the top teams in the country,” Thrower said. “We’ve won 11 games in each of the last few years and not many people can say that.”

Last year Thrower was recognized as the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Thrower played a key role last winter for the Bulldogs’ 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship men’s basketball squad that registered a historic 38-1 overall mark. He said the coaches of the two sports have worked well together to make his participation possible in both/

“Since it’s football season, that’s my priority now,” he said. “If I’m a little tired, I may have to take a day or two off in basketball. They all work good together.”

Thrower worked on both sports during the summer.

Basketball practices start on Oct. 15 and Thrower is planning on putting both sports into his schedule.

He said he likes both sports equally and doesn’t have any degree of preference over the other.

The fact Ferris football is a national contender and he will be playing for a defending national championship team during basketball has intrigued Thrower.

“I knew the type of teams I was coming into,” he said. “That’s part of the reason I came here.”

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