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Texans Meet With Illinois Running Back Josh Ferguson

The Houston Texans have met with Illinois running back Josh Ferguson at the East-West Shrine Game.

It is that time of year and the Houston Texans are working to put their final touches on players they have been watching and with multiple showcase games for NFL hopefuls taking place. The Texans are searching for their next batch of rookies. 

At the East West Shrine game, the Houston Texans have met and interviewed senior running back Josh Ferguson from Illinois. There have been plenty of positive reviews coming out of St. Petersburg, Florida on the shifty and speedy back from Illinois. 

Year Games Rushing Yards YPC TDs
2011 3 52 3.7 0
2012 10 312 4.2 0
2013 12 779 5.5 7
2014 13 735 5.0 8
2015 9 708 5.5 3
Total 47 2,586 5.1 18
Year Games

Receptions

Yards TDs
2011 3 2 14 0
2012 10 29 251 0
2013 12 50 535 4
2014 13 50 427 2
2015 9 37 280 2
Totals 47 168 1,507 8

Ferguson (5-10, 198 lbs.) spent five seasons with the Illini appearing in 47 games at running back. He missed 10 games his freshman year due to a hamstring injury which led to a medical hardship waiver. He carried the ball 505 times for 2,586 yards (5.5 yards a carry) and 18 rushing touchdowns. Ferguson also had 168 receptions in his career and in two seasons he had 50 receptions. In 2013, Ferguson ranked second in the FBS in receiving yards with 44.6 a game. 

Ferguson was part of the Doak Walker watch list to start the 2015 seasona and was a 3rd team All-Big Ten selection at running back. 

His ability to run and catch the football as a running back is an enticing combination for the Texans who will be looking for help out of the backfield. 


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