The reigning SEC defensive player of the week may have the name "Ego", but the young man is humble about his success so far. After patiently waiting two years for a spot in the regular rotation, Ego Ferguson is making the most of his reps at defensive tackle.
"I've been through a lot here in this program, not playing, and now I finally get my chance to play, and I feel like it shows my hard work is paying off," Ferguson said.
Through three games, Ferguson currently leads the Tigers with 16 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.
"To be honest my goals were just to contribute to the team any way possible, we had a lot of people that entered the draft early, we had a hole in our defense that had to be filled, and I feel like our coach made it a challenge for us to try to fill that goal."
And Ferguson's game-changing ability up front has not only solidified LSU's defense, but he's even made his own teammates better.
"Ego, he brings a lot," linebacker Kwon Alexander said. "He brings energy, lots of energy. I always talk to him, he tells me to keep my head up, and keep playing. I always feed off his energy, every time he go hard, I go hard with him."
Cornerback Jalen Mills added, "He's just been a monster of that D-Line right now, once he gets in that zone, you don't want to talk to him because you don't want to get him out the zone, you don't want to get in his way when he's going for a tackle, if you just so happen to fall into him, we're praying for you, Ego's just been doing a great job for us on that D-line."
Ferguson isn't one to rest on his past success, striving to become even more dominant.
"Every day you need to come in and improve and work, study film every day and try to find ways to improve my game," Ferguson said. "I feel like each game I gotta do something better than last week, and keep improving because at the end of the day, I feel like I want to be one of the best, not just an average player."
And Ego's first career sack, a big one, a loss of 15 yards came against Kent State. Ferguson said that when he broke through the line, his mindset was just don't mess this up, clear path to the signal caller, and when he did bring him down, Ego said, well, 'It's about time'.
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