Drew Ferris

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Drew Ferris
Free agent
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1992-03-07) March 7, 1992 (age 27)
Carlsbad, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego Jewish Academy (CA)
College:Florida
Undrafted:2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:0
Tackles:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Drew Ferris (born January 1, 1992) is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Florida.

Early years[edit]

Ferris was born in Carlsbad, California, and is Jewish.[1] His parents, Walt (a psychotherapist) and Pam Ferris (the chief executive officer of the non-profit Seacrest Village Retirement Community), did not allow him to play football until sixth grade.[1][2][3] Ferris started high school attending La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California.[4]

He finished his last two years at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California, graduating in 2010.[4][5] While at San Diego Jewish Academy, Ferris was a two-way starter who played defensive end, offensive tackle, and middle linebacker in addition to long snapping.[6][7] On defense he had 77 tackles with 9.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, and on offense he ran six times for 21 yards and caught two balls for 13 yards.[8] He was rated a 5-star long snapper and ranked 14th in the nation by Chris Rubio Long Snapping.[9] He won the Coaches’ Award for hardest worker in Fall 2008, and was named to second-team All-Conference on offense and defense in Fall 2009.[9] Ferris also earned varsity letters in basketball (his junior and senior years; he averaged 5.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 42 games) and baseball (his senior year).[6][8] He was named to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team four times in high school.[9]

Ferris completed a Masters degree in the University of Florida’s Master of Business Management program in December 2015.[10][11]

College career[edit]

Ferris initially enrolled at San José State University to play football as a walk-on.[7] However, he then enrolled in September 2010 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, as a preferred walk-on where he was a member of coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2010 to 2014, except that he missed all but one game in 2012 due to injury.[4][6][12] He became the first Division-I male athlete from his high school.[3] He was a long snapper in 38 games for the Gators.[13]

In 2010, he red-shirted as a freshman.[7] In 2011 he was the long snapper for both the field-goal and punt teams, playing in all 13 games, and was named to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Honor Roll.[9] In September 2012 he suffered a season-ending injury to his left collar-bone in the first game of the season.[1][7][3] In 2013 he was the team's primary snapper for punts and field goals, playing in all 12 games, and was again named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.[9] In 2014 he played in all 12 games as the Gators' longsnapper, recorded one tackle on special teams, and was again named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Ferris went to rookie minicamp with the New York Jets in 2015.[12]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On March 23, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks signed Ferris to their roster.[14] The following day the Seahawks waived their former long snapper Andrew East.[15] In May, the Seahawks signed Ferris to a three-year, $1.62 million contract.[16] Ferris was on the Seahawks' roster in the summer of 2016, and was released on August 4, 2016.[12]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On February 1, 2018, Ferris signed a reserve/futures contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[16] He was waived on September 1, 2018.[17]

Orlando Apollos[edit]

On October 15, 2018, Ferris joined the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football.[18] He was waived on March 4, 2019.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Raphael Gellar (May 2, 2013). "Meet America's Jewish Football Star: Drew Ferris", The Times of Israel.
  2. ^ Donald H. Harrison (March 25, 2016). "San Diego Jewish Academy grad now a Seattle Seahawk," San Diego Jewish World.
  3. ^ a b c Mike Capshaw (February 2, 2013). "Going Deep With Florida’s Deep Snapper," Gator Country.
  4. ^ a b c Wagner, Allie (April 14, 2016). "Drew Ferris makes it a Snap". KUSI News. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Drew Ferris". 247Sports.com. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Drew Ferris". Florida Athletics. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d John Maffei (October 8, 2013). "Long snapper at home in The Swamp," The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  8. ^ a b Brett Kaplan (July 15, 2014). "100 Days of Florida Football: No. 46 Drew Ferris"
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Drew Ferris - 2013 - Florida Gators," floridagators.com.
  10. ^ "Drew Ferris makes it a Snap," KUSI News, April 14, 2016.
  11. ^ John Maffei (March 25, 2016). "Notebook: Carlsbad hires hoops coach," San Diego Union Tribune.
  12. ^ a b c Greg Auman (February 1, 2018). "Bucs sign ex-Gators long-snapper Drew Ferris," Tampa Bay Times.
  13. ^ Bonnie Mott (February 5, 2018). "Get to know about Bucs new long-snapper Drew Ferris," Bucs Wire.
  14. ^ Condotta, Bob (March 23, 2016). "Seahawks add long snapper Drew Ferris". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  15. ^ Condotta, Bob (March 24, 2016). "Seahawks waive Andrew East as team continues to make long-snapping moves". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Bouda, Nate (February 1, 2018). "Buccaneers Sign LS Drew Ferris To Futures Deal". NFL Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  17. ^ Smith, Scott (September 1, 2018). "Robinson, Tandy Among Cuts as Bucs Get to 53". Buccaneers.com.
  18. ^ "Apollos max out roster, add long snapper". Apollo's Arrow. October 15, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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