AFL NOTES: In order to provide depth and competition along the offensive and defensive lines, the Desperados signed Jason Ferguson on Oct. 18. Ferguson was introduced to the Arena Football League after going to training camp with the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2002 and 2004. He comes to Dallas after playing for the Louisville Fire and the Cincinnati Storm of af2 the last two years. With two years of indoor experience, Ferguson is looking to make the jump to the AFL and debut with the Desperados this spring.
AFL 2004: Ferguson signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage but was released at the end of training camp. He was out of football for the season.
AFL 2002: Ferguson signed as a rookie with the Rampage, but was released prior to the season.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2004 – Ferguson played for the Louisville Fire of af2 and finished the regular season second on the team with five tackles for losses and two quarterback hurries and tied for second with 4.0 sacks while notching 13 tackles. In two postseason appearances, he tallied three tackles and assisted on a tackle behind the line. 2003 – Ferguson played in five games for Cincinnati and posted 3.5 tackles, including two for losses, and assisted on a sack. He added nine rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 16 yards on offense.
COLLEGE: 2001 – As a senior, Ferugson was third on the squad with 11 catches for 177 yards. 2000 – Ferguson finished his junior season second on the Hornet’s with two touchdowns on seven catches for 43 yards. 1999 – In his first season at Emporia State, Ferguson made the switch to tight end and caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. 1998 – As a true freshman, Ferguson started his collegiate campaign at Grand Rapids Junior College as a fullback.
PERSONAL: Ferguson was a two-way, two-time letterman at Mattawan, MI, High School. He earned team MVP honors as a senior after leading the team with 14 sacks and posting a team-best 57 receptions, 867 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also lettered in basketball and baseball. Ferguson’s father, Edward, played for the Chicago Bears