Former Louisiana Tech Star and NFL Player Jaylon Ferguson Has Died
The Baltimore Ravens have announced that 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson has died. The team published the notification on social media, in addition to a press release.
The team said in their statement:
"We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon's family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon."
CBS Baltimore is reporting that Baltimore Police told them that they had officers respond to the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue on Tuesday about 11:25 p.m. for a report of a questionable death. They report the victim in that investigation was a 26-year-old male, although there's been no official link between that investigation, and Ferguson's death.
Ferguson was a third round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. In his NFL career, Ferguson started 10 games, while playing in a total of 38 games. He totaled 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries over his last three seasons.
Before the NFL, Ferguson played 4 years (and a redshirt year) at Louisiana Tech. He is originally from St. Francisville, and attended West Feliciana High School. His college career was incredible, collecting multiple honors and awards in his four years on the field, including:
• Walter Camp Second Team All-America (2018)
• FWAA Second Team All-America (2018)
• Sporting News Second Team All-America (2018)
• Associated Press Third Team All-America (2018)
• SoFi Hawaii Bowl Most Outstanding Player (2018)
• Ted Hendricks Award Finalist (2018)
• Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist (2018)
• Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
• First Team All-Conference USA (2018)
• First Team All-Louisiana (2018)
• First Team All-Conference USA (2017)
• First Team All-Louisiana (2017)
• First Team All-Conference USA (2016)
• First Team All-Louisiana (2016)
• Preseason All-Conference USA (2016)
• FWAA Freshman All-America (2015)
• Sporting News Freshman All-America (2015)
• Second Team All-Louisiana (2015)
• All-Conference USA Honorable Mention (2015)
• Conference USA All-Freshman Team (2015)
His statistics at Louisiana Tech were phenomenal. In 4 years he total 67.5 tackles for loss (including 26 his senior year), 45 sacks (17.5 his senior year, led the NCAA), and 7 forced fumbles.
Ferguson leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter.