Luke Ferguson receives multiple Week 1 honors

Luke Ferguson receives multiple Week 1 honors


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Arkansas State University junior kicker-punter Luke Ferguson has been chosen as both a College Football Performance Award (CFPA)<> Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week and Honorable Mention Specialist Performer of the Week selection this week (Sept. 1) for his noteworthy performance in the Red Wolves' season-opening victory over nationally 19th FCS-ranked Montana State this last Saturday (Aug. 30) night at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.

Ferguson, who was also recognized as the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Specialty Teams Player of the Week this week (Sept. 1), was one of two players to achieve CFPA Specialist Performer of the Week Honorable Mention accolades.  The 6-0, 210-pound Ferguson was impressive in his A-State place kicking debut by connecting on all three of his field goal attempts along with all four of his extra-point kick conversions.  Ferguson successfully converted on field goals from 23, 29 and 41 yards in the Red Wolves' non-conference home triumph to not only tie for the most in the Sun Belt Conference, but also match for the fourth most nationally as of this past Saturday's contests.

Ferguson averaged 48.5 yards per punt on four attempts while accumulating 194 yards.  The Jonesboro, Ark., native punting yardage in A-State's 37-10 victory over Montana State was just 0.5 yards shy of equaling his career best.  All four of Ferguson's punts landed inside the Bobcats' 20-yard line and represented a conference high this season to date.  Ferguson also netted a long punt of 61 yards, which was two yards away from his career long.

Ferguson was one of seven individuals to receive honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week accolades by the CFPA this week.

A season ago, Ferguson compiled 1,007 yards on 23 punts for a team-leading 43.8 yards per average with eight inside the opponent's 20-yard line and a career-long of 63 yards.  He finished the 2013 campaign with the second-highest single-season punting average in A-State history and ranked fourth among the Sun Belt Conference leaders.
For his career, Ferguson has presently posted a 44.5 yards per punt average with 1,201 yards on 27 attempts and has placed 12 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line.
A-State, which is presently 1-0 overall this season, will take on the Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday (Sept. 6) at 11 a.m. (CT) in Knoxville, Tenn.  The non-conference tilt at UT's Neyland Stadium will be televised live on the SEC Network.