Fall Sport Senior Spotlight: Parker Ferguson
77 Parker Ferguson, OT
6-5, 290, Sr., Greenwood, IN (Center Grove)
In his own words:
Over this past summer I worked an internship with the General Counsel of the Air Force, through a program I applied for through the Law department. In my role with the General Counsel, I helped create a four-week Air Force course training for negotiations and conflict resolution at all levels in Air Force leadership. The internship had to be down virtually, due to COVID-19, so I was able to work and build the relationships with the General Counsel while also staying at home and training for the football season in my hometown.
I hope to play football as long as I possibly can and potentially represent the Air Force and the Academy through professional sports. I look forward to serving my country and hoping to get a spot in the new US Space Force. I am excited about the Space Force, as it is a new and exciting opportunity in a growing legal and warfighting domain. I also think it will be really exciting to be a part of such a young and ambitious service.
The COVID-19 pandemic taught me to not take anything in life for granted, as things can always change in unexpected ways. For a while we did not know whether or not we would have a football season, then for a while our fall season was officially cancelled, so that taught me to never take moments for granted because you never know when things may end. Also, I’ll say a positive I was able to enjoy from the pandemic was all of the family I could enjoy at home. Being gone for three years, then knowing next year I may live far away domestically or abroad, the time I got to spend at home with my parents and younger sisters was time I will also look back and enjoy when I remember how crazy 2020 was. I also LOVED all of my mom’s home cooked food for the four months we were away from the Academy.
2019 – Played in all 13 games, starting 12, including the final nine games of the year … third on the team in knockdown blocks with 12.0 … played both left and right guard … part of an offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing with a 298.5 per-game average … offensive line allowed just four sacks, the fewest sacks in the nation … Air Force led the conference and ranked second nationally in third-down percentage with a 53.5 mark … the Falcons led the Mountain West and ranked second nationally in time of possession with a 34:28 mark.
2018 – Played in all 12 games, starting 10 … started the last 10 games of the season … helped anchor an offensive line that led the conference and ranked fifth nationally in rushing with a 283.5 per-game average … offensive line led the conference and ranked second nationally in sacks allowed with seven … offense led the conference and ranked fifth nationally in time of possession with a 34:22 mark … the offense led the conference and ranked ninth nationally in red zone offense, scoring on 91.3 percent of its possessions.
2017 – Did not see any varsity action.
High School – Lettered twice in football and basketball … named to the top 50 state team in football as a senior … helped the football team to an undefeated state championship … named to the academic all-conference team all four years in football … graduated with honors.
Personal – Parents are Brandyn and Tricia Ferguson … has two sisters … majoring in legal studies … nickname is P-Ferg … completed survival training and a summer academics class in law in the summer of 2018 … completed Operations Air Force and was on the cadet leadership cadre during Basic Cadet Training in the summer of 2019.