Scouting Report: Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis

Matthews, NC | 6022 | 190 | 4.86 | 2018

Operates up-temp offense, mostly from the shotgun, with a heavy emphasis on run/pass/option plays. Possesses great arm strength and demonstrates excellent mobility in the pocket. Favors rolling out to his right side; occasionally throws off his back foot when unnecessary—there will be no pass rush but he will show poor mechanics by moving backwards on the pass when he doesn’t need to be. Has to be smarter with the football and eliminate mistakes such as underhand backwards throws. A transfer from Tennessee, he was working in a warehouse when he decided to enroll at Coffeyville (KS) junior college in 2015, before ultimately landing at Memphis. He shows tremendous potential; despite some of the flaws pointed out, he has been able to orchestrate big victories such as the Tigers upset over UCLA in September of 2017. Expect to hear his name called anywhere between days two and three of the NFL Draft.

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2016: Enrolled at Memphis in January of 2016 … Put together one of the best seasons for a QB in school history in 2016 … Threw for 3,698 yards on 280-of-443 passing and 32 TD … Had 10 interceptions … The 3,698 yards and 280 completions are second and the 443 attempts are tied for first in program history … Set the school season record for TD passes with 32 … Had seven 300-yard passing performances, the second-most for a season in school history … Ranked among American Athletic Conference leaders in passing yards per game (2nd; 284.5 ypg), pass efficiency (2nd; 152.6), total offense (3rd; 279.1 ypg) and TD passes (T1st; 32) … Logged nine multi-TD pass games (two or more TD passes) … Had seven games with no interceptions.

2015 (Coffeyville CC): ESPN.com listed Ferguson’s transfer to Memphis among the top 10 (ninth) most important transfers for the 2016 season … Transferred to Memphis from Coffeyville Community College … Ranked third among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) quarterbacks in 2015, averaging 326.9 yards per game … Played for head coach Aaron Flores at Coffeyville Community College … Completed 225-of-332 passes for 2,942 yards and 35 TD … His total passing yards (sixth) and TD (fourth) also ranked among the best in junior college.

2013 (Tennessee): Enrolled at the University of Tennessee in 2013, but suffered a leg injury and redshirted his freshman season.

High School: Played prep ball at Butler High School for head coach Brian Hales … Threw for over 8,000 yards in his three seasons as the varsity starter at quarterback … Led the Bulldogs to North Carolina Class 4AA state titles in 2010 and 2012 … Earned state championship game MVP honors in 2012 after throwing for 301 yards and five TD … Had 2,173 yards passing and 25 TD in nine games as a senior … Completed 66 percent of his passes (184-of-279) for 3,345 yards and 48 TD as a junior … Also threw for 2,600 yards and 21 scores during his sophomore season … Participated in the 2012 Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif.