You know Dedrick Young is one true freshman linebacker who might not just play, but possibly start.
But Tyrin Ferguson, while not in line to start, is another newcomer making a push to get on the field right away. Linebackers coach Trent Bray isn't ready to say that's a done deal yet, "but if I had to go right now, Tyrin Ferguson is probably the furthest along (of the true freshmen not named Young), and he's kind of getting better every day and coming along nicely."
It's impressive because Ferguson is working at the MIKE linebacker spot, a position that carries a lot of responsibility. At the moment, though, the true frosh from New Orleans is making a good case to be the top backup to Josh Banderas.
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He's listed at 200 ponds in the media guide, but has moved his weight up significantly, Bray said. The 6-foot-2 Ferguson recently weighed in at 219 pounds.
"He's hungry to learn," Bray said. "He's always in my office trying to learn something new. He's talking to the older players about how he can do things better. So whenever you have that kind of attitude, you're going to improve faster than other people."