Data Scout Notes: 2017: 1stC...PMaxwell...2016: NAC...2014: 05-28-14 - 3* Tennessee Transfer
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Has played one season at Memphis Transferred to Memphis from Coffeyville Community College Has 3,698 yards on 280-of-443 passing with 32 TD and 10 interceptions Has seven 300-yard passing performances After only one season, name appears on Tigers career charts for completions (6th), attempts (8th), yards (7th), TD (4th) and 300-yard passing games (4th).
Pre Bowl: Ferguson has completed 498 of 802 attempts for 27 touchdowns this season. The 27 touchdowns is third in Memphis single season history and his 59 career touchdowns is tied for second in program history with former Tiger Paxton Lynch. His 2,881 yards through nine games this season is currently seventh in Memphis single season history. A native of Matthews, N.C., Ferguson has twice passed for over 400 yards this season and has passed for over 300-yards two other times. In the last two games as part of a five-game Memphis win streak, Ferguson has passed for 298 yards and seven combined touchdowns. Also a semifinalist for the NFF Campbell Trophy, Ferguson was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week after Memphis' win over then-No. 25 UCLA and he helped Memphis start its current five-game winning streak with a win over then-No. 25 ranked Navy.
Enrolled at Memphis in January of 2016 Put together one of the best seasons for a QB in school history in 2016 Threw for 3,698 yards on 280-of-443 passing and 32 TD Had 10 interceptions The 3,698 yards and 280 completions are second and the 443 attempts are tied for first in program history Set the school season record for TD passes with 32 Had seven 300-yard passing performances, the second-most for a season in school history Ranked among American Athletic Conference leaders in passing yards per game (2nd; 284.5 ypg), pass efficiency (2nd; 152.6), total offense (3rd; 279.1 ypg) and TD passes (T1st; 32) Logged nine multi-TD pass games (two or more TD passes) Had seven games with no interceptions Threw a career-high six TD passes in a home win over Bowling Green Passed for a career-best 406 yards (30-of-45) in the home upset win over No. 18/21 Houston The 400-yard passing performance was only the fourth in program history The 30 completions vs. the Cougars tied a career high Also had 30 completions vs. Ole Miss Other six 300-yard passing games came against Bowling Green (359), Ole Miss (343), No. 24/25 Navy (333), Tulsa (349), USF (331) and Western Kentucky (372) Played only first half vs. Bowling Green In the road game at Cincinnati, played only two series before having to leave the contest as a result of an injury Subbed out for the fourth quarter in the road win at SMU Member of the 2016 Memphis offense that was second in program history for total yards (6,028), points (505) and total TD (57), including a school-record 34 TD passes.
ESPN.com listed Fergusons transfer to Memphis among the top 10 (ninth) most important transfers for the 2016 season Transferred to Memphis from Coffeyville Community College ... Ranked third among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) quarterbacks in 2015, averaging 326.9 yards per game Played for head coach Aaron Flores at Coffeyville Community College Completed 225-of-332 passes for 2,942 yards and 35 TD Ranked in the top-10 in the NJCAA in completions (third), attempts (sixth), and completion percentage (67.8; fourth) His total passing yards (sixth) and TD (fourth) also ranked among the best in junior college A 2015 NJCAA All-America honorable mention pick Named NJCAA All-Region VI first team offense and All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) first team quarterback in 2015.
Did not play.
Enrolled at the University of Tennessee in 2013, but suffered a leg injury and redshirted his freshman season.
Played prep ball at Butler High School for head coach Brian Hales Threw for over 8,000 yards in his three seasons as the varsity starter at quarterback Led the Bulldogs to North Carolina Class 4AA state titles in 2010 and 2012 Earned state championship game MVP honors in 2012 after throwing for 301 yards and five TD Had 2,173 yards passing and 25 TD in nine games as a senior Completed 66 percent of his passes (184-of-279) for 3,345 yards and 48 TD as a junior Also threw for 2,600 yards and 21 scores during his sophomore season Participated in the 2012 Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif. A 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl nominee Named to the 2011 ESPN HS All-State team.
Son of Don and Diana Ferguson ... Birthday is January 19 ... Interdisciplinary studies major.
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12/29/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Riley Ferguson, Memphis, Sr.,...Top-15 in the FBS in passing yards (3,500), passing touchdowns (32) and points responsible for (228)...Ferguson's 3,500 passing yards ranks third in a single season in program history and his 32 TD passes ties his own school record, which he set in 2016...Passed for a single game school-record 471 yards (33-of-53 passing) in the Tigers' win at Houston...Holds the program record with three 400-yard passing games and 12 300-yard passing games. - Memphis Football
11/25/17 - Senior quarterback Riley Ferguson passed for 299 yards and three touchdowns as No. 20 Memphis rolled to a 70-13 victory over East Carolina Saturday afternoon at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis (10-1, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) won its seventh straight and already had clinched the conference's West Division crown. The Tigers will play East Division winner UCF in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 2 in the league's title game. Ferguson's day was done late in the third quarter. He completed 9 of 13 passes, averaging 23 yards per attempt. ECU (3-9, 2-6) finished the season losing three of its last four games. The Pirates entered the game 128th out of 129 FBS programs in scoring defense. Memphis outgained ECU 635-466 in offensive yards. Memphis flexed its offensive muscle on its first play from scrimmage. Ferguson, the AAC's leading passer, flicked a short pass to wide receiver Anthony Miller, the league's leader in receiving yards per game. Miller turned it into an 89-yard touchdown, giving Memphis a 7-0 lead at the 11:46 mark in the first quarter. Miller finished the day with three catches for 144 yards. - The Sports Xchange
11/18/17 - Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 320 yards and accounted for five touchdowns Saturday as No. 21 Memphis wrapped up the American Athletic Conference West title with a lightning-delayed 66-45 rout of SMU at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Ferguson rushed for three touchdowns, scoring on second-half runs of 8, 12 and 2 yards. He also completed 21 of 27 passes, finding Anthony Miller for scoring strikes of 34 and 24 yards in an efficient performance. While the aerial display might have been expected, the rushing output couldn't have been. Ferguson entered the game with only five yards on 30 rushes for the year.
The Tigers (9-1, 6-1) will play for the AAC title on Dec. 2 against the East winner, which will be either No. 15 Central Florida or South Florida. Memphis went up and down the field at will against the Mustangs (6-5, 3-4), finishing with 664 total yards and 33 first downs. It had almost perfect balance, rushing for 333 yards and passing for 331. Darrell Henderson rushed 10 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, scoring on runs of 70 and 52 yards. Patrick Taylor added 112 yards and two scores on 18 carries. Memphis ended with a single-game school-record seven rushing touchdowns. Miller tacked on eight catches for 163 yards for the Tigers, which scored more than 40 points for the seventh time this year. - The Sports Xchange
11/07/17 - NOV 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Riley Ferguson, Sr., QB, Memphis, Matthews, N.C.,...Completed 27 of 39 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-14 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football
11/03/17 - Riley Ferguson threw for four touchdowns and 298 yards and the Memphis defense forced three-and-outs on their first three possessions of the second half as the No. 22-ranked Tigers pulled away to a 41-14 victory over Tulsa at Chapman Stadium. In a Friday night matchup of teams at opposite ends of the American Athletic Conference West Division standings, Memphis (8-1 overall and 5-1 in AAC play) won its fifth in a row to extend its lead in the West, while Tulsa (2-8 and 1-5) lost for the third straight week. Ferguson completed 27-of-39 passes and fired touchdowns to Darrell Henderson, Anthony Miller, Tony Pollard and DaMonte Coxie.
Memphis led by just seven at halftime but opened the second half on an epic touchdown drive, a 17-play, 90-yard march that wasn't over until Patrick Taylor smashed in on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to give the Tigers a 28-14 lead. The 17-play drive was a season-high for Memphis. The Golden Hurricane -- which had compiled 243 total yards and 14 first downs in the first half -- then went more than 22 minutes without picking up a first down. Tulsa senior D'Angelo Brewer, the AAC's top running back this season with 1,099 yards, rushed for 119 yards while quarterback Luke Skipper was 18-of-31 for 157 yards with an interception. Henderson rushed 14 times for 123 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Miller, Memphis' all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdown catches, caught six passes for 46 yards. After a slow start, Memphis coach Mike Norvell dialed up some razzle-dazzle to get the Tigers on the board. - The Sports Xchange