MINERS

Josh Ferguson
2  Josh Ferguson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hayward, Calif

High School:
Hayward

Last College:
Chabot College

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Position:
DB

Experience:
2L

2007 (SENIOR): Started the first three games of the season at right corner before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury ... granted a medical redshirt.

2006 (JUNIOR): Voted honorable mention All-Conference USA by the coaches ... started 11 of 12 games at left corner ... finished fifth on the team in tackles (58) while totaling 1.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions (for 31 yards), six pass break-ups and a fumble recovery ... also utilized on kickoff returns, averaging 20.0 yards on 13 attempts ... ranked 48th in Conference USA in tackles ... picked up a career-high 11 tackles against Tulane ... had a solid all-around game versus the Green Wave with a fumble recovery, a 12-yard interception and two pass break-ups ... credited with nine tackles in a pair of games (versus New Mexico State and Memphis) ... had a season-high seven solo stops against the Aggies, and a tackle for loss versus the Tigers ... recorded a 19-yard interception at Houston ... had two pass break-ups at Marshall ... had five kickoff returns for 89 yards against NMSU, and four returns for 84 yards versus Memphis ... season-long 32-yard kickoff return came at Marshall.

2005 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 12 games, making seven starts ... posted 31 tackles (24 solo), picked off two passes (81 yards), defended five passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble ... returned seven punts for 61 yards (8.7 avg.) and two kickoffs for 41 yards ... had four tackles, a pass break-up and a 19-yard interception return in his Miner debut at New Mexico State ... forced and recovered a fumble, along with two tackles and a pass break-up, at Tulane ... had a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown against Tulsa ... two tackles and five punt returns for 53 yards versus Texas Southern ... six stops and a pass break-up at SMU ... returned one kickoff for 33 yards in the GMAC Bowl.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played cornerback in 2004 at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif ... also returned punts and kickoffs ... earned first team All- Conference honors in 2004 ... led the state of California in punt return average (21.0 ypr) and kickoff return average (33.0 ypr) in 2004 ... also registered 41 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass break-ups ... set a Chabot College single-game record with 221 yards on returns ... junior college coach was Danny Calcagno ... position coach throughout high school and junior college was Anthony Jackson ... played numerous positions (option quarterback, running back, wideout, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, safety, cornerback) during a two-year varsity career at Hayward High School ... earned first team All-League and second team All-Bay Area honors his senior year ... named cornerback MVP at the Cal Defensive Camp as a prep senior ... high school coach was Casey Marino ... also competed in basketball (point guard), baseball (left fielder) and track (100 meters, 200 meters, high jump, long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay) in high school ... All-League honoree in basketball and baseball.

PERSONAL: Parents are David and Lori Ferguson ... he was born right-handed, but was converted to lefty by his father for athletic purposes ... cousin, Charles Cope, was a former quarterback at San Diego State ... full name is Joshua David Ferguson ... nickname is "Ferg" ... born 6/14/85 (Hayward, Calif.) ... criminal justice major.