MSU Will Face Second Consecutive Top 25 FBS Opponent Saturday
Versatile defensive lineman who started at all three positions last season for the Bears ... Preseason favorite to take over starting duties at nose tackle this fall ... Turned in a game-high 8 tackles in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/11), including 6 solo stops and a sack.
2011: Started 8 of the 11 games, including four at nose tackle and three at right end ... Tallied 24 total tackles on the season, which was 13th on the club ... Produced a season-high 6 tackles against Indiana State (11/12/11) with a half-tackle for loss to earn MSU Defensive Player of the Week laurels ... Registered 3 solo tackles in season finale at Youngstown State (11/19/11) ... Brought down 4 ball carriers at home against Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Had a QB hurry in the season opener at Arkansas (9/3/11) and two the following week at Eastern Kentucky (9/10/11).
2010: Played 9 games backing up starter Mikel Ruder at nose tackle ... Finished with 18 tackles, 14th on the club ... Notched 5 tackles in win over No. 18 Western Illinois (10/23/10) at Plaster Field, including 4 assists ... Brought down 4 Youngstown State ball carriers (10/2/10) in home win over No. 20 Penguins ... Recorded his only sack and TFL of the campaign in win over Southern Illinois (10/30/10).
2009: Played all 11 games his first season at Missouri State, including his only start of the year in his Division-I debut at Arkansas (9/5/09) ... Finished 12th on the squad in total tackles with 19 ... Secured season-high 4 tackles in win over UT Martin (9/12/09) ... Had 3 total tackles at Arkansas (9/5/09), against Northern Iowa (9/26/09) and against South Dakota State (10/10/09) ... Capped season with 2 tackles at No. 1 Southern Illinois (11/14/09) ... Also blocked a kick at Western Illinois (10/17/09).
High School: Spent the 2008-09 school year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy ... Three-year starter for Coach Anthony Law at Whites Creek (Tenn.) High ... Was a two-time all-region pick for the Cobras ... Tallied a career-high 15 tackles in one game as a sophomore ... Played defensive tackle, offensive guard and tackle in high school.
Personal: Tevan Demarius Ferguson was born 5/13/90 in Nashville, Tenn. ... Son of Tracy Farmer of Nashville ... Has a sister, Antinique ... Majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration.