Car Info -Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that Michigan now participates fully in a national
motor vehicle title database created to prevent car thefts and protect consumers from title fraud.
Michigan recently joined Illinois and Texas as the latest states participating in the National Motor
Vehicle Title Information System, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The database now includes all Great Lakes states and 96 percent of all vehicles nationwide.
Michigan now submits new vehicle title information to the national database and has contributed
its entire title history database. The system protects consumers by ensuring that out-of-state
vehicles that are badly damaged in a crash or from flooding, even if they are rebuilt, still receive
a specially branded Michigan title when they are brought here. In addition to participating states,
insurance carriers, and junk and salvage yards are required to report title information to the
system, which contains more than 72 million salvage records. Law enforcement agencies rely on
the database to improve their ability to identify vehicle theft rings and help combat other criminal
enterprises involving vehicles.
Big Rapids, MI - The preseason recognition continues for the Ferris State
University football program in anticipation for the upcoming 2014 campaign as a
pair of Bulldog standouts, junior quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort,
Ill./Chicago Christian) and junior defensive end Justin Zimmer (Greenville), have
been chosen to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Preseason All-Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team.
Previously this week, both were also recognized as 2014 preseason first-team
All-Americans with Vander Laan claiming acclaim from BSN and Zimmer tabbed to the
USA Football squad.
On the BSN Preseason All-GLIAC squad, Vander Laan was one of two quarterbacks
chosen along with Ohio Dominican's Mark Miller. Meanwhile, Zimmer was one of five
defensive linemen chosen to the list. The preseason all-league picks were made by
the BSN staff and based on returning performers from last season's all-conference
teams, game evaluations and overall statistics.
Previously, the two standouts were chosen earlier this week among the seven Ferris
State student-athletes who claimed USA Football Preseason All-American recognition.
Zimmer headlined the group of Bulldogs as a USA Football Preseason First-Team
All-American and was joined on the list by a trio of third-team senior defensive
picks in tackle Corey Stone (Sterling Heights/Stevenson), linebacker Darnell Morris
(Detroit/Inkster) and defensive back A.J. McEwen (East Grand Rapids). The offensive
unit was represented by Vander Laan along with a pair of preseason honorable
mention choices in junior lineman Adam Bennett (Romeo) and senior receiver Jake
Lampman (East Lansing/Haslett).
Zimmer played a key role on a Bulldog defensive unit that got stronger as the year
went on in 2013 and eventually led the league in total defense. As a redshirt
sophomore, Zimmer paced FSU and ranked among the league leaders with both 7.5 sacks
(-33 yards) and 10.5 tackles for loss (-41 yards). He ranked fourth among the team
leaders with 57 tackles and scored a touchdown on a 20-yard interception return
last year. The standout end also had seven quarterback hurries, blocked two kicks
and forced two fumbles while starting all 11 games.
Last fall, Vander Laan was among the nation's Harlon Hill Trophy candidates and
ranked as the nation's top running quarterback with more rushing yards on the
ground last season than any other signal caller in the country, regardless of
level. His 1,607 total yards rushing finished tops among all quarterbacks at the
NCAA Division I, II or III level, including both the FBS and FCS levels of
competition. In addition, his total topped the all-time NCAA Division II
single-season mark for rushing yards by a quarterback last year. Overall, Vander
Laan ranked fourth nationally in rushing touchdowns (21) along with seventh
nationally in rushing yards (1,607). Vander Laan was also eighth in the country in
scoring (11.5 ppg.) and second in the GLIAC in points responsible for (216).
Earlier this week, Vander Laan was also listed among the national nominees for the
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.
The performance of Vander Laan and Zimmer in 2013 helped the Bulldogs finish with
an 8-3 overall record along with a second-place 8-2 finish in the GLIAC North
Division standings. FSU, which finished the year riding a four-game winning streak,
narrowly missed receiving the school's first playoff bid in 17 years.
The Bulldogs' eight-win campaign was the school's first since 2006 and only the
second in the program's last 16 seasons. In addition, FSU's eight league victories
were its most since 1996 and the four-game winning streak to close the season was
the longest to end a campaign since 2001.
The Bulldogs will begin their 106th season of varsity competition this coming fall
with their sights set on competing for a potential GLIAC Championship and a NCAA
Division II Playoff berth. FSU opens the 2014 campaign with a non-league contest at
McKendree (Ill.) on Thursday, Sept. 4, before visiting Northwood for their GLIAC
opener on Sept. 13 in Midland.
FSU's 2014 home opener at Top Taggart Field will be on Sept. 20 as the Bulldogs
entertain archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic with kickoff set
for 7 p.m. (ET).
Both season and individual game tickets for all 2014 home contests are now on sale
and can be purchased thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888
or online at StarTickets.com. For more information, please visit
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