ACC: A.J. Ferguson

Week 5 ACC injury reports

September, 30, 2011
Here are the injury reports for Week 5 from the ACC schools that reported them:


WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DL Connor Wujciak (shoulder)

OG Nate Richman (back)

DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
LB Nick Clancy (shoulder)


Mansa Joseph, RB, Special Teams, hamstring

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, hamstring
Dawson Zimmerman, P, knee
D.J. Howard, RB, hamstring
David Smith, OG, shoulder


CB Ross Cockrell (leg) – Probable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Probable
CB Johnny Williams (leg) – Probable
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – Questionable
RB Josh Snead (foot) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
S Lee Butler (leg) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
DE Kenny Anunike (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON
TE Jack Farrell (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON

Morgan Bailey, r-Fr., OL

Preston Lyons, Sr., BB

Fred Holton, So., S
Jimmie Kitchen, r-Fr., DL


Luther Robinson—Lower Extremity
Jalen Grimble—Lower Extremity
Thurston Armbrister—Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for the season:
Corey White—Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter—Upper Extremity


Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee

Josh Adams, WR Illness
Matt Kolojejchick, RB Thigh
Jonathan Smith, SS Ankle

TJ Leifheit, OT Ankle
Ebele Okakpu, LB Ankle
Terry Shankle, CB Knee

Erik Highsmith, WR Ankle
Jabari Price, CB Finger


Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

A.J. Ferguson, DT - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Terrell Manning, LB - knee
Quintin Payton, WR - ankle
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Brian Slay, DT - ankle
Thomas Teal, DT - foot
Curtis Underwood, HB - knee
Andrew Wallace, OG - knee

J.R. Sweezy, DT - foot


Out for season:
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

Eric Martin (AC joint)
David Wang (foot)

NC State injury report

April, 15, 2011
The following players have missed all of spring workouts:

Sylvester Crawford, DE -- knee
Andrew Wallace, OG -- knee
Logan Winkles, FB -- knee

The following players will miss the Kay Yow Spring Game, but will be back in time for fall camp:

Ryan Cheek, LB -- hip
A.J. Ferguson, DT -- knee
Mustafa Greene, FB -- foot (surgery scheduled)
Sterling Lucas, LB -- knee (surgery scheduled)

NC State's roster grows

January, 8, 2010
NC State will add four players to its roster when classes begin next week -- two who originally signed with the Pack in 2009 and two transfers. They'll be available for spring practices. Here's a quick bio on each of them, thanks to NC State's sports information department:

Senior defensive end David Akinniyi (6-4, 250) of Rocklin, Calif., / Rocklin HS, / Northeastern University

Three-year starter at defensive end and linebacker for coach Rocky Hager at Northeastern University, which announced in November that it was discontinuing its football program. Akinniyi has one year of eligibility remaining.
  • Recorded 40 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2009, including two tackles for loss against Boston College.
  • Named to the Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team in 2007 and 2008.
  • Played 34 games at Northeastern, recording 141 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
  • His sister Dorcas is a heptathlete at Wisconsin, sister Deborah ran track at Stanford (2005-08) and brother Akin was a linebacker at Arizona (2002-06).
Freshman defensive end A.J. Ferguson (6-3, 250) of Southport, N.C., / South Brunswick HS

He originally signed with the Pack in 2009 and spent last season at Fork Union Military Academy. Ferguson was named to the USA Football Junior National squad that represented the United State in the first IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 200.
  • A four-year starter at South Brunswick High School for Coach Gordon Walters, he recorded 90 tackles, including 20 for loss, and 10 sacks during his senior season.
  • Scored three touchdowns on defense as a senior.
  • Also played tight end, pulling down 10 receptions and four touchdowns in 2008.
Junior offensive lineman Mikel Overgaard (6-6, 280) of Weiser, Idaho / Weiser HS / Snow College

Overgaard transferred to NC State from Snow College in Utah, where he started at left tackle for coach Steve Coburn. He earned all-conference honors in 2009 and posted a 3.8 GPA. He originally enrolled at Washington State in 2007, where he walked on and redshirted at tight end.

Freshman defensive tackle Deion Roberson (6-3, 275) of Tucker, Ga., / Tucker HS

Roberson originally signed with the Wolfpack in 2009, but spent the past season rehabbing. He was named a top-five defensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American combine, but missed his entire senior season (2008) after severely dislocating his ankle on the second play of the season.
  • Tallied 35 tackles, 12 for loss, and three sacks in 14 games as a junior.
  • As a sophomore, he made 44 tackles and six sacks.
  • Honor roll student who was a member of the chess club and worked with Habitat for Humanity.

ACC recruits to represent on national stage

April, 14, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Five incoming ACC freshmen were selected to the USA Football American Junior National Team, which will compete against seven other countries this summer in the Junior World Championship from June 27-July 5 in Canton, Ohio. The teams are comprised of players ages 19 and under.

Tariq Edwards (Virginia Tech), David Wilson (Virginia Tech), A.J. Ferguson (NC State), Oday Aboushi (Virginia) and Corey Lillard (Virginia) were all selected.

National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport's first world championship on the international junior level (19 and under).

A starter since his freshman year who played on both sides of the ball for Xaverian High School in New York, Aboushi is rated the No. 26 offensive tackle by ESPN. Defensively, he made 70 tackles, including seven sacks as a senior.

Lillard, a standout two-way player Liberty High School in Virginia, is ranked the No. 79 safety by ESPN. He was the team's second-leading rusher with 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, leading his team to its first regional championship. Lillard finished his junior season with 52 tackles and 600 rushing yards.

"Following each Olympiad, the participants often speak of what a powerful feeling it is to represent the United States," Virginia coach Al Groh said in a prepared statement. "Oday and Corey now have the wonderful opportunity to represent our country and our Virginia team. We are proud that they have been selected to USA Football's Junior National Team.

"Both young men are very achievement-focused and team-oriented players who will do all they can to make our team as strong as possible."

Edwards, of Cheraw, S.C., is listed as the No. 27 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. The incoming Hokie made 102 tackles and blocked two kicks as a senior.

Wilson rushed for 2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns -- both school records -- his senior season, including two games in which he ran for more than 300 yards. ranks him the No. 5 running back nationally and the No. 50 overall prospect in the country.

"I know that both Tariq (Edwards) and David (Wilson) are very excited about being a part of USA Football's Junior National Team, representing the United States," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said in a prepared statement. "Both will be outstanding representatives of our country and our university."

A four-year starter at South Brunswick (N.C.) High School, as a senior, Ferguson recorded 90 tackles -- including 20 for a loss -- 10 sacks and three defensive touchdowns. An all-conference performer as a junior and senior, Ferguson also ran track in the 100- and 200-meter events.

"We are very proud to have A.J. represent NC State as a member of USA Football's Junior National Team," NC State coach Tom O'Brien said. "I know that it will be a great experience for him both as a football player and as a proud American.

"He is an extremely talented young player, and I'm happy that he will be able to showcase his abilities at the IFAF Junior World Championship before he begins his career with the Wolfpack."