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A talented and productive quarterback at College of the Sequoias in 2012, Tyler Ferguson enrolled at Penn State in January and finished spring drills atop the depth chart. One of the nation's premier junior college quarterbacks last year, Ferguson has three years of eligibility. He quickly assimilated to Penn State and the football program during the spring semester. He compiled a 3.04 grade-point average during the spring and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. Ferguson made substantial progress during winter conditioning and the 15 spring practices. In his first competition in Beaver Stadium, Ferguson was 9-of-15 for 90 yards and two scores in the Blue-White game. He threw touchdown passes to freshmen Brent Wilkerson and Richy Anderson. Ferguson is a strong and accurate passer with excellent work-ethic, vision and physical attributes. Ferguson broke the school season records with 2,614 passing yards and 199 completions at the College of the Sequoias last year, throwing 22 scoring strikes in 10 games.
College of the Sequoias
During the 2012 season, Ferguson broke the school season records with 2,614 passing yards and 199 completions at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. He completed 55 percent of his passes (358 attempts) and threw for 22 touchdowns in 10 games. Ferguson ranked second in the California Community College Athletic Association Valley Division in passing yards per game (261.4) and was third in the Valley Division in yards (2,614) and completions (199). Ferguson threw for multiple touchdowns in six games, topped by a 481-yard (28-of-40), six-touchdown performance in a win over West Hills Coalinga. He threw for 354 yards (26-of-45) and four scores in a 47-43 loss at Modesto. ESPN rated him the nation's No. 3 junior college quarterback following the 2012 season.
Ferguson threw for 1,275 yards and 10 touchdowns during an injury-shortened senior season at Ridgeview High School, which competes in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section's Division III. He fueled a 6-0 start during his senior season in 2011 before suffering a broken collarbone. He was able to return six weeks later and played in a portion of a playoff win over Madera South, going 5-of-5 for 76 yards. Ferguson averaged 182.1 passing yards per game as a senior, completing 64 percent of his passes, with a long completion of 62 yards. A team captain and two-year starter, Ferguson led the team in every passing category during his junior season, throwing for 1,338 yards (55 percent) and eight touchdowns. He also lettered on the hardwood and considered playing college basketball at the NCAA Division III level before enrolling at College of the Sequoias.
Full name is Tyler Thomas Ferguson. He is the son of Mark Ferguson and Kelly Reese, and has three brothers, Blade Griffin, Tyler Reese and Brandon Williams, and three sisters, Ryann Ferguson, Abby Flachman and Becky Hicks. He enjoys cooking and listening to music. He is interested in owning his own physical therapy and personal training business. Born January 7, 1994 in Bakersfield, Calif.
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