E. J. Ourso College of Business Alumnus Blake Ferguson is Officially a Miami Dolphin
May 4, 2020
During his time at LSU, Blake Ferguson earned two degrees from the E. J. Ourso College of Business – a Bachelor of Science in marketing in 2018 and a Master of Business Administration in 2019. In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, he was the first long snapper in LSU Football history to be named a permanent team captain, won numerous student-athlete awards, and was a starting player on the iconic 2019 LSU Tigers National Championship football team. Last week, Ferguson’s impressive resume of accomplishments turned his dream into a reality – the NFL. Ferguson was selected as the 185th pick in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL draft, officially cementing his future as a long snapper for the Miami Dolphins.
Ferguson immediately fell in love with LSU when he visited his brother, LSU alumnus Reid Ferguson, who earned his Bachelor of Science in sports administration in 2015, who, at the time, held the long snapper position for LSU Football. When Reid graduated, Blake filled his spot on the team, and now these brothers will be snapping in the NFL for division rivals. “We’re both really, really looking forward to it. I’ve already started smack talking that we’re not playing in his division, he’s in our division,” Reid Ferguson joked in an interview with WIVB News 4 in Buffalo.
As a follow up to the story on Ferguson’s LSU Flores MBA experience, the E. J. Ourso College of Business was able to catch up with him days after he accepted that all-important call from the Miami Dolphins.
When we spoke in December, you were preparing to play in the College Football National Championship, hopefully. Was the experience of winning a national championship, and everything that comes with it, anything like you imagined?
Ferguson: Yes! It was incredible. This past year has been one that I will never forget. It is so cool to see all of your hard work come to fruition as a team. I will never forget the moment the clock hit zero, I just dropped to my knees and started crying because as a team we fought through so much adversity to get there. It was simply incredible.
Regarding the draft, how did you prepare, and did you have an idea that the Miami Dolphins were interested in you?
Ferguson: Following the National Championship, I moved back home to Atlanta and lived with my brother and trained with him this spring in preparation for the NFL Combine and what would have been our LSU Pro Day. I'm very fortunate to have him as a resource because he's been through this entire process before and could see things on film during training that maybe I didn't notice right off the bat. He's been a role model for me for many years, and to finally have made it to the NFL with his help, I feel so blessed.
Regarding Draft Day, I knew there was an opportunity for me in Miami just from researching contracts of their current snapper situation and all that. But, I didn't hear from them much throughout the draft process. That is common, though, because many teams don't want to show their cards and allow other teams to find out their interest level. The current special teams coach in Miami coached my brother in Buffalo for three years prior to being in Miami, so he knew all he needed to know about our pedigree and trusted my talent level.
What was the best advice your brother gave to you while transitioning from college football to the NFL?
Ferguson: The biggest thing that he emphasized to me was that the NFL is truly a business and that going somewhere meant that I had to go win a job. For me to win the job, I would have to compete and give my very best every single day. However, he also told me to remember that I don't have to be perfect and that although there will be a lot of pressure to perform early on, just to take it one day at a time and learn as much as I can.
Even though the draft was different this year, describe the moment you got the call from the Miami Dolphins. What was your first thought?
Ferguson: When I saw my phone ring, I sort of freaked out for a second and yelled for someone to mute the TV and to get everyone quiet. I don’t remember exactly what was said, but I do remember hearing Mr. Grier (the Dolphins general manager) say, "Alright, we're going to make you a Dolphin right here with our next pick." That was the moment where I lost it and started crying. I then spoke to Coach Flores (the Dolphins head coach) and had a few moments to hug my family before going into a Zoom press conference with the Miami local media. Following that press conference, my mom came to me and said, "So, what'd they say?" and I simply answered, "I have no idea. I kind of blacked out for a second." That moment where my heart was racing, and I was just trying to keep it together on the phone, is one that I will never forget as long as I live. I'm so fortunate to have been in this position and can't thank those who have helped me get here enough for all they've done for me.
To learn more about Ferguson’s LSU experience, visit the LSU YouTube channel.
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