Putting in the work
Ferguson ends 2017 season as starting FB at Tech
Ever since his days playing football at Alpena High, Jordan Ferguson has worked hard and earned everything he has received on the football field.
Ferguson spent countless hours in the weight room as a Wildcat and that work ethic has carried over and earned him a starting spot on the Michigan Tech University football team.
After being redshirted his freshman season, Ferguson patiently waited, studied film, watched from the sideline and absorbed as much as he could during his first two years all while continuing to prepare himself both mentally and physically.
This past season as a sophomore, it was Ferguson’s time to make an impact on the field and start to see all of his hard work began to pay off.
After getting an early wake up call, Ferguson went on to play in all 11 games for the Huskies and by the fifth game of the season, Ferguson was named the starting fullback and started the remaining six games.
“This past season was the most fun I have ever had playing football. High school football was great and fun, but with college, there is just so much more passion and drive,” Ferguson said. “Everyone playing is there for the love of the sport and it’s really a beautiful thing. The competition is unreal and the level of play definitely took a bit to get used to, but once I got past my first couple of games, I felt right at home.”
In training camp at the beginning of the season, Ferguson was competing for the starting position with senior full back Alex Sherbinow who was named an All-American during his junior season and put together a successful career at Tech.
Ferguson secured a spot on special teams and was splitting reps with Sherbinow heading into the Huskies first game of the year. During his first time on the field, Ferguson got a taste of what college football is all about.
“My first time out on the field was for a kick return and I have never been so nervous in my life. I ended up getting rocked and my helmet went flying off, but after that, something just clicked and I started playing with a chip on my shoulder,” Ferguson said. “I finally got to feel the rush from huge hits and having the ball in my hands again.”
Tech utilized Ferguson as a wing/H-back and gave him the opportunity to get the ball into his hands. Ferguson ended up leading all backs on the team in receiving yards and was fourth on the team in receiving yards with 12 catches for 169 yards.
The Huskies finished the season with a 4-7 record and lost four games by a touchdown or less, but did manage to win the most important game of the year when they defeated Northern Michigan 28-21 in the Miner’s Cup for the eighth year in a row.
Despite going through a head coaching change along with having a new offensive coordinator and running backs coach, Ferguson continued to develop throughout the season and his efforts earned him a Rookie of the Year award and he received all-GLIAC honorable mention honors.
“This past year I really grew and matured as a football player and the experience I got this year will be very helpful going into the offseason now and knowing exactly what I’m preparing for,” Ferguson said. “I have big dreams, so I have a lot of work to do this offseason. For now, I’m focusing on performing well in the classroom and also in the weight room. For me the 2018 season has already begun. We are preparing to be 1-0 each week next fall. I still have to handle my business in the classroom as well, because as much as I wish I could just play football, I’m a student before an athlete and I’ll continue to work hard being the best I can be at both.”