The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2019 season.
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6-2, 230 • Senior • outside linebacker
Ferguson flashed it at times last year. The Colorado game, when he more than doubled his career tackles with 10 stops. The five tackles in key moments against Michigan State. Now if only he could stay healthy. Ferguson broke out as a junior with 36 tackles (six for loss) and affected possessions when he was on the field. But a nagging ankle injury also cost him four games and limited him in others after fighting through turf toe in 2017. For all of Nebraska’s uncertainty at outside linebacker, Ferguson represents perhaps the most reliable option when 100 percent. The senior said in the spring he felt good and now understands the defense in full. As his status goes, so may the perception of Nebraska’s strength at outside ’backer.