Bulked-up Ferguson ready to carry the load

Published 08/28 2014 05:40PM

Updated 08/28 2014 06:38PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The non-conference games will be a critical time for Illinois running back Josh Ferguson to prove he can shoulder the load and be the go-to guy for Tim Beckman's offense.  Ferguson took hold of the No. 1 job early in the season last year, but this will be his first season opener as the top running back.  He says he gained ten pounds in the offseason and is ready to show what he can do.

"I'm definitely ready to go," he said.  "I put in a lot of work this offseason in order to do so.  I'm excited.  It's been a long offseason, and we're just ready to play."

Ferguson racked up more than 1,300 total yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

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