Larry Ferguson

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Ferguson from 1963 Hawkeye

Larry Ferguson (March 19, 1940 in Madison, Illinois) was a college football player for the University of Iowa. He was named a first team All-American in 1960 and played one season for the Detroit Lions.

Playing career[edit]

Larry Ferguson only carried the ball nine times for Iowa as a sophomore in 1959, but he gained national attention as a junior in 1960. He had an 85-yard touchdown run in the season opener against Oregon State, and he had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown the following week.[1] In Iowa’s final conference game that season, Ferguson had a 91-yard touchdown run against Ohio State to help give Iowa a 35-12 victory and a share of the 1960 Big Ten title.[2] He was voted first team all-Big Ten and first team All-American as a junior in 1960.

In 1961, Ferguson suffered a season ending knee injury in the first quarter of the first game. He was given a medical redshirt and returned for his senior season in 1962. As a senior in 1962, Larry Ferguson led the Hawkeyes in rushing with 547 yards and was named all-Big Ten. As team captain, he helped lead Iowa to victories over Michigan and Ohio State, the first time Iowa had ever defeated both of those schools in the same season.[3]

Honors[edit]

Larry Ferguson played in the 1963 College All-Star Game and played one season with the Detroit Lions.[4] His season average of 7.39 yards per carry in 1960 still stands as a school record.[5] In 1989, Iowa fans selected an all-time University of Iowa football team during the 100th anniversary celebration of Iowa football, and Larry Ferguson was an honorable mention selection at running back.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 117 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  2. ^ Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers, by Lyle Hammes and Neal Rozendaal, Page 93 (ISBN 1-426-94303-2)
  3. ^ Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers, by Lyle Hammes and Neal Rozendaal, Page 94 (ISBN 1-426-94303-2)
  4. ^ Pro Football Reference
  5. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 117 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  6. ^ University of Iowa All-Time team