Postseason awards continue to come Jazz Ferguson’s way as easily as touchdown catches did this fall.
Ferguson, Northwestern State’s 6-foot-5, 220-pound standout junior receiver, hauled in another honor Tuesday as he was named a second-team All-American by STATS.
It was the second such mention for Ferguson, who became the first Demon honored as an All-American wideout this past week when The Associated Press tagged him as a third-team selection.
The play-making St. Francisville-West Feliciana High School product and LSU transfer added to a list of postseason accolades that also includes the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year honor, which came after Ferguson grabbed 66 passes for a school-record 1,117 yards and a school single-season record 13 touchdown receptions.
“Making plays is what you think about with Jazz initially,” first-year head coach Brad Laird said. “Plays like his one-handed catch at Lamar with the game tied, winning the game against McNeese with the touchdown and 2-point play.”
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. Ferguson made those plays from a variety of looks throughout the season.
“He made big plays in big games. But he drew a lot of attention out wide,” Laird said. “(Offensive coaches) Alvin Slaughter, Anthony Scelfo and Brad Smiley moved him around to attack what the defenses were trying to do.”
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.
With the honor from STATS, Ferguson becomes the first Demon since 2015 to be named to multiple All-American teams in the same season. Kicker Chris Moore was a third-team pick by both The Associated Press and STATS.
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.
This is the third All-American honor collected by the Demons this season as kick returner Myles Ward was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Hero Sports on Monday.
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