Former Joliet Catholic Academy star running back Josh Ferguson ’11 recently represented the University of Illinois football program at the B1G Media Day. Three members of the Illini football team, along with head coach Tim Beckman traveled to Chicago this past week to kick off the 2015 season with the annual Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
Players went through live interviews and photo shoots with the Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS, FOX, and BigTen.org. They wrapped up the whirlwind first day speaking with dozens of local, regional and national media before reconvening on Friday for the Kickoff Luncheon.
Ferguson finished his decorated career at JCA carrying 145 times for 1,868 yards (12.9 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns in 2010 on a Hilltopper team that reached the Class 5A quarterfinals. He was also a member of the 2009 5A state runner-up squad. For his efforts, Ferguson was named Chicago Tribune first-team All-State, Chicago Sun-Times All-Area, MVP of the East Suburban Catholic Conference, the Joliet Herald News Co-MVP and Player of the Year in 2010, and a member of the IHSFCA Class 5A All-State team.
The blazing tailback has done more of the same throughout his University of Illinois football career, currently standing sixth on Illinois’ career all-purpose yardage list (3,486), 18th in career rushing yardage (1,878), and ninth in career receptions (131). He is one of three active FBS players with more than 1,500 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.
For a complete wrap up of Ferguson’s day one experience at Big Ten Media Day visit: http://fightingillini.com/news/2015/7/30/football_0730154543.aspx
Ferguson’s Player Interview: http://fightingillini.com/news/2015/7/31/football_0731151243.aspx?path=football
Ferguson also recently sat down with Illini productions to talk about touchdown celebrations, his faith and growing up as the son of a pastor: http://fightingillini.com/news/2015/8/2/football_0802152710.aspx?path=football