Jake Ferguson a Multi-Tooled Weapon

Contributing on offense, defense and special teams, Madison Memorial junior athlete Jake Ferguson will have a big hand in his team's success in 2015.

MADISON - The only in-state junior with an offer for the University of Wisconsin, Madison Memorial Jake Ferguson showed glimpses of why the Badgers were so eager to offer him an early scholarship.

There was no place on the field where Ferguson didn’t make some kind of impact for Madison Memorial. He finished with five catches for 135 yards and touchdown catches of 70, 15 and five. He had 12 tackles (8 solo) on defense and had five punts for 159 yards.

And he would have had more had leg cramps not forced him to miss most of the fourth quarter.

“It was a great first game but it just didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” said Ferguson, following Memorial’s 54-40 loss to Madison East Friday night. “We had a lot of mistakes and hopefully we fix those in practice and come out in game two harder and smarter.”

Ferguson checked in at 6-5 and 200 pounds for the opener and is a matchup nightmare for most teams on the Spartans’ schedule. He played slot receiver on offense and was moved to tight end in short yardage situations. Because of injuries and suspensions, Ferguson played primarily inside linebacker on defense, although he shifted around throughout the middle of the defense throughout the game.

“I like playing both ways,” said Ferguson. “The coaches just put me there and I think it works well.”

In terms of Wisconsin, the Badgers are open to slotting him in at multiple positions depending on how he grows over the next two seasons. Right now Wisconsin appears to have him peg as a future tight end.

“They are letting me go through the process and not pressuring me,” said Ferguson. “I talk to the tight end coach (Mickey Turner) a little bit. I haven’t been down there because I don’t have a lot of free time. They are waiting to see how I fill out to determine if they want to put me at tight end or backer.”

While his connections to Wisconsin run deep (his older brother, Joe Ferguson, is a redshirt sophomore safety and his grandfather is Barry Alvarez), Ferguson is in no rush to start thinking about the recruiting process.

“I really don’t think about it (recruiting) in season,” said Ferguson, who also has an offer from Northern Illinois. “It’s in the back of my mind but it’s going good.”

Ferguson said he spent the majority of his offseason learning the playbook and in the weight room. The main thing now is to become a leader.

“I want to be a great player, but I want to be a great guy,” said Ferguson. “I want to be able to lead the team and get those wins throughout the season. I want to go into my senior season as a strong leader with a strong team.”

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