Friday, September 27, 2013
Q&A: Illinois RB Josh Ferguson
By Mitch Sherman
Running back Josh Ferguson leads Illinois in all-purpose yardage for the second straight season. Makes sense, since Ferguson, a third-year sophomore from Naperville, Ill., prides himself of his all-purpose traits. A year ago, he did it all -- rushing, receiving and returning kicks. This season, Ferguson has dropped the kick returns.
The Illini offense, under first-year coordinator Bill Cubit, is averaging 37 points per game, more than double its figure from a year ago. Ferguson ranks as Illinois’ second-leading rusher. He’s averaging 26.4 yards per reception to lead the team, and he ranks No. 1 among all FBS running backs in receiving yardage.
Ferguson and the 2-1 Illini host Miami of Ohio on Saturday at noon ET before opening Big Ten play next week at Nebraska.
ESPN.com caught up with Ferguson this week.
Josh Ferguson is Illinois' top running back and top receiver.
How do you feel about playing in Bill Cubit’s offense?
Personally, I love the offense. I’m sure that a lot of the guys here would say the same thing. He’s a great coach, and we’re having a lot of fun.