NATCHITOCHES -- Whether it was a walk-off, game-winning grab or an ESPN SportsCenter Top 10-worthy play, Jazz Ferguson built quite the resume in a short time at Northwestern State.
He added another bullet point to the summary of his Demons accomplishments Tuesday.
Ferguson, a record-breaking wide receiver, became the first Demon recognized on an All-American team since 2015, earning third-team honors from The Associated Press on its FCS All-American Team.
A 6-foot-5 St. Francisville-West Feliciana High School product, Ferguson set Northwestern State single-season records in receiving yards (1,117) and touchdown receptions (13) while hauling in the second-most catches in school history (66). He declared for the 2019 NFL Draft this past week, forgoing his senior season.
“When it comes to postseason awards, so many people are involved, and I think Jazz would be the first to say how much his teammates played a role in his opportunity to receive these awards,” head coach Brad Laird said. “It’s great for him and for Northwestern State to be recognized nationally with postseason honors.”
This past month, Ferguson was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year in his first season at Northwestern State. He sat out the 2017 season after transferring from LSU.
Ferguson recorded six 100-yard receiving games, setting a school record, and his 101.5 receiving yards per game established another.
In addition to leading the Southland Conference in receptions, he ranks seventh in the FCS in touchdown catches, 12th in receiving yardage, 14th in receiving yards per game and 19th in receptions per game (6.0).
Ferguson equaled the school single-game record with three touchdown catches at Abilene Christian on Nov. 3, and one week later, caught the game-tying, 2-point conversion and game-winning touchdown in a 37-34 double-overtime upset of 18th-ranked arch rival McNeese at Turpin Stadium.
Earlier in the season, his remarkable one-handed, catch-and-run, 70-yard touchdown at Lamar landed at No. 2 on ESPN’s nightly Top 10 plays.
His 82 points are sixth in NSU single-season history. the highest total by a receiver in school single-season history and the lone receiver-produced total in the top 10.
Ferguson was part of a Demons offense that set or tied 20 school single-game and single-season records under first-year offensive coordinator Brad Smiley.
Ferguson is Northwestern State’s first All-American selection since kicker Chris Moore was a third-team AP All-American and a third-team pick by STATS Inc. following the 2015 season. He is the 46th All-American in NSU history, dating to Walter Ledet’s selection in 1938.
He is the first Demon named an All-American wide receiver. Previous Demons receivers Ed Eagan (all-purpose) and Al Dodd (safety) have earned All-American honors at other positions.
“Everybody knew where he came from and the ability he had,” Laird said. “For him to go out and do what he did consistently each week with the expectations he had on him isn’t easy to do.”