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Jacob Ferguson is an offensive lineman who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 250 pounds. He primarily plays defensive end.
We caught up with Ferguson to talk about the national championship at Iowa Western and his most recent year of football. A native of Troy, Missouri, he recently made his commitment to Georgia Southern.
Ferguson announced his transfer on December 19th.
1. What is your #1 goal from now to stepping foot on campus?
Although I like to consider my goal as more of a standard that I’ve set for myself, I aim to step foot on campus as humble and eager to learn as I have ever been before. in doing so, I will become the best athlete, student, and man of God that I possibly can become.
2. If you had to compare your style to a NFL/college player , who would be the closest to your style?
If I had to compare my style of play to an NFL player, I’d have to say, Frank Clark or Aldon Smith. I’ve never necessarily intended on emulating a specific athlete. however, those are the two comparisons that I get the most often.
3. What major/degree are you hoping to purse in college?
At Georgia Southern, I will pursue a degree in coaching. I’ve made this decision because I enjoy speaking to people and I’d like to have the opportunity to impact young lives on a large scale.
4. Why did you ultimately decide to transfer to Georgia Southern?
I ultimately decided to transfer to Georgia Southern because of the hospitality shown by the coaches and the rest of the staff. When I arrived on my visit this past weekend (17th), no time was wasted to make sure I was comfortable. The coaches have a way of making you feel valued as more than just an athlete but as part of the family. Along with this, Georgia Southern Football is the embodiment of the winning mentality. With these factors considered, there was no doubt that Georgia Southern was the best fit for me.
5. How has winning the National Championship at Iowa Western CC changed your outlook at football?
Winning the national championship at Iowa Western with my brother was the most rewarding ending to a season full of hard work, dedication, and resilience. Oftentimes, from an outside perspective, what was done in the dark outshines by what happens on the big stage. However, I understand that there’s a lot of hidden factors that lead up to that win on the night of December 14th. In pursuing an achievement like a National Championship, there is no room for complacency. I have learned that winning is infectious and it’s a mindset. When I pursue greatness, my brother does too. Sooner or later, it will make a champion.
6. Obviously the NFL is the ultimate goal, besides that, what do you want to do post-college career?
Besides the NFL, I would love to become a football coach, a motivational speaker, and/or a pharmaceutical representative. I have various goals and aspirations that were all motivated by the sport of football.
7. What is a fact about you that most do not know about you?
I love fishing and I value the country lifestyle over any other one.
8. Who was your role model growing up?
Growing up my role model was my dad and he still is. When you’re young, it’s often hard to have an appreciation for the things that your parents do for you. As I’ve gotten older, I cannot understand the teachings and ways in which my dad has molded me into a man. My work ethic and mannerisms are a reflection of the lessons that were taught to me. There isn’t anyone on this earth that I’m more proud to represent.
9. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is fried catfish, macaroni & cheese, hush puppies, and green beans with sweet tea for the drink.
10. What are some of your hobbies besides football?
Some of my hobbies outside football include fishing, video games, four wheeling, hiking, hammocking, and reading.