By Gary Lambrecht
Navy has won two of the last three games played in South Bend.
By Gary Lambrecht
Voting begins TODAY online - www.upliftingathletes.org/vote
Looking for its fourth straight win, Navy last won four in a row to end the 2010 regular season.
At Navy: Enters the fall listed as the starter at free safety ... rangy athlete that has good speed and a nose for the ball ... has a wealth of experience ... has the potential to have a big junior campaign ... has earned two varsity letters.
2012: Played in nine games, starting seven ... pitched in three tackles against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... played primarily with special teams in the Mids Senior Day win over Texas State ... registered one tackle in Navy's loss at Troy ... returned to the playing field against Florida Atlantic after suffering a dislocated elbow against Air Force and being sidelined for the Central Michigan, Indiana and East Carolina games ... had started 12-straight games dating back to last year's Rutgers contest before his injury ... after surrendering the game's first 10 points, part of a Navy defense that held Florida Atlantic scoreless for the better part of 30 minutes between the second and fourth quarters (8:57 2nd - 9:07 4th) ... produced three tackles against the Owls ... recorded eight tackles and forced a fumble in the Mids' win over Air Force ... part of a defense that did not allow a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters (Penn State fourth quarter - San Jose State) ... the streak was the best by a Navy defense since 2008 when the Mids did not allow a touchdown for 10 straight quarters (fourth quarter against Notre Dame, shut out Northern Illinois, shut out Army and did not allow a first quarter point to Wake Forest) ... produced six tackles against San Jose State, including five solo stops ... part of a defensive unit that held VMI scoreless for the final 53-plus minutes of action ... held the Keydets to just a field goal in the opening quarter, marking the first time Navy's defense did not surrender a touchdown to its opponent since 2009 when defeating Army, 17-3 ... posted five tackles, including four solo stops at Penn State ... turned in seven tackles, including five contributed four tackles in the win over VMI ... solo stops, in the Mids' opener against Notre Dame.
2011: Named an Honorable Mention All-Independent Team selection by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Indpendent Player of the Week awards ... saw action in 11 games, starting the final seven games of the year at free safety ... contributed 43 tackles (21-22), broke up three passes and turned in two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown ... also forced two fumbles over the course of the season ... turned in a pair of solo tackles in his first Army-Navy game ... part of a Navy defense that forced three Army turnovers and held the Black Knights to just 97 yards on the ground in the second half ... produced five tackles in Navy's loss at San Jose State ... picked off SMU QB J.J. McDermott in the first quarter and returned it 28 yards to the Navy 44 ... paced the Mids against Notre Dame with a career-high nine tackles ... also broke up a pass ... recorded a then career-high eight tackles against East Carolina in just his second-collegiate start ... also broke up a pass against the Pirates ... made his most impressive appearance in the Rutgers game where he made his first career start ... registered four tackles, forced a fumble and returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown ... turned in three tackles and broke up a pass in the Mids' loss to Southern Miss ... contributed a solo tackle in Navy's overtime loss to Air Force ... recorded a solo tackle and turned in his first-collegiate forced fumble on a kickoff in the Mids' 24-21 loss to No. 10 South Carolina ... recorded four tackles in his collegiate debut against Delaware in the season opener.
High School / Personal: A 2010 graduate of West Johnston High School, Ferguson attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2010-11 academic year ... lettered two years at Clayton High School before moving on to West Johnston where he lettered his final two years ... earned all-conference honors as a senior ... while a youngster (2nd-5th grade) suffered from rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome which took away his ability to walk and his memory and nearly killed him ... relied upon a walker for a year ... son of Keith and Savita Ferguson ... majoring in economics.