|16 Duran Ferguson
Hard-throwing right-hander returns after sitting out the 2008 season due to injury ... A dynamic talent with a high-velocity fastball and a devastating breaking ball ... Struck out 51 in 42.1 innings as a freshman ... In his third career start in 2007, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning ... One of the top high school quarterbacks in Tennessee as a senior.
Sat out the 2008 season due to injury.
Appeared in 21 games with five starts ... Accumulated a 2-1 record and a 3.19 ERA ... Worked 42 1/3 innings, striking out 51 and allowing 39 hits ... Served as a mid-week starter and as one of the two top arms out of the bullpen during weekend SEC games ... Held opponents to a .231 batting average ... Worked in first career collegiate game in the second game of the season, tossing two innings, allowing one hit, no earned runs, and striking out four in a win over Furman ... Got first career start against Murray State, striking out eight in four innings, allowing one run ... In just his third career start, worked six hitless innings, striking out three before handing the ball over to fellow freshman Clint Tilford, who allowed the game's only hit with one out in the top of the ninth inning ... Through the first six appearances, had totaled a 0.95 ERA ... In his second SEC appearance of his career, tossed two hitless innings in front of over 7,000 fans at LSU ... Worked two scoreless innings against Tennessee, allowing only one hit ... In his final appearance of the season, worked three scoreless innings against Auburn, allowing only three hits and striking out three ... With the bases empty, allowed opponents to bat .216 (19-for-88) ... Forced 33 fly outs and 41 ground outs ... Did not allow a run in the first or second inning all season, working five first and five second innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 16 ... Registered starts against Louisville, working seven innings in two games against the eventual CWS participant.
Played three years for coach Mike Ritz ... Chosen as Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year as well as the Big 7 Conference Player of the Year ... Named Class 3A All-State as a junior and senior ... Went 9-2 with 1.96 earned-run average and struck out 106 in senior season ... At the plate, he added a .364 average while belting eight home runs and eight doubles ... Also played football for four years and started at quarterback ... Named Big 7 Conference Football Player of the Year as a senior and a finalist for Mr. Football.
Full name is Anthony Duran Ferguson ... Parents are Ernie Carson and Ann Ferguson ... Has two brothers, Duran Carson (18) and A.J. Anderson (12) ... Has three sisters, Brittany Carson (16), Jasimine Carson (11) and Alex Anderson (11) ... Born on Aug. 12, 1987 in Johnson City, Tenn.