LSU Long Snapper and Flores MBA Student Blake Ferguson is a Leader On and Off the Football Field
BATON ROUGE – While growing up in Alpharetta, Georgia, Blake Ferguson’s parents instilled in him that he could do anything he put his mind to, and he truly took that to heart. In 2018, Ferguson not only became the first long snapper in LSU Football history to be named a permanent team captain, but he also won the David Binn Award, which recognizes the nation’s best long snapper. Also in 2018, he made the choice to enroll in LSU’s Flores MBA Program to develop himself as a leader off the football field. As he prepares to graduate from LSU for a second time this week with his MBA, Ferguson has almost checked off every academic and athletic goal he had for himself when he got to this university, and still has the chance to achieve his last one – to win a College Football Playoff National Championship.
One of the biggest reasons students enroll in the Flores MBA Program is to develop their leadership skills in a professional setting, which is why Ferguson knew that having an MBA would help him on the field and set him up for future success. Being chosen as a permanent team captain for LSU Football meant that his team looked at him as someone who was respected and did whatever it took to help guide the team week in and week out. While in this role, he’s seen many parallels between football and the Flores MBA Program.
“In the Flores MBA Program, you work in teams for the majority of the classes. So to be able to understand how to effectively operate in a team and to be a leader in the group of people, that’s a direct parallel to going onto the football field and being a leader with a group of guys. I think that I’ve been able to take that and carry it over to what I do at football ops,” Ferguson said.
Conversely, being a part of a football team has helped Ferguson successfully work with his MBA classmates. A large part of the curriculum in the Flores MBA Program is application-based, resulting in many group projects.
“When we’re going out into the real world, we’re prepared and we’re ready to take on any challenges that we will come across,” Ferguson said.
Aside from being a team captain, Ferguson, a four-year starter, has also been recognized as a leader by the Southeastern Conference, or SEC. During both of his football seasons as an MBA student, he served as chair for the SEC Football Leadership Council. This council works to create a positive environment for all student-athletes in the SEC. As chair, Ferguson was able to use the leadership skills he learned in business school to help guide student-athletes in the SEC through their college experience.
While he excelled on the football field during his time at LSU, Ferguson never let football distract him from the academic goals he set for himself. Some of his academic honors include earning SEC Honor Roll four times and being named to the College Sports Directors of America, or CoSIDA, Academic All-District Team in November 2019. This organization recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Additionally, Ferguson was a semifinalist for this year’s Campbell Award, also known as the Academic Heisman.
On top of his busy schedule as an LSU student-athlete, Ferguson still found time to give back to his community. He was very involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at LSU and works closely with the American Diabetes Association. Ferguson was even nominated twice for the AFCA Good Works Teams, which recognized his extensive community service efforts.
From the moment Ferguson came to LSU to see his brother, Reid, play football, he said he fell in love with Baton Rouge.
“I fell in love with the football program and the people here. And then the food on top is just a little bit of lagniappe,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson said he’s taken full advantage of the resources offered to him by LSU to set himself up for success in the future. After graduation, Ferguson hopes to join his brother in the NFL, then he plans to put his MBA to use in a marketing or branding role, or maybe even by starting his own business.
Ferguson may be ending his academic journey with LSU this week, but his athletic journey
is not over just yet. The LSU Tigers will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Dec. 28 in
the Peach Bowl. After that, Ferguson will hopefully get the chance to put a bow on
his LSU experience by winning the College Football National Championship on Jan. 13
in New Orleans.
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