Senior Caleb Ferren was listed as backup running back for Rose Bud last fall before standout Cole Robertson went down with a broken arm in the second week against Marshall. That gave Ferren a chance to shine and he made the most of it, rushing for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the Ramblers' 44-6 triumph over the Bobcats.
Senior Caleb Ferren was listed as backup running back for Rose Bud last fall before standout Cole Robertson went down with a broken arm in the second week against Marshall. That gave Ferren a chance to shine and he made the most of it, rushing for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the Ramblers’ 44-6 triumph over the Bobcats.
The following week in his first game as a starter Ferren gutted Conway Christian, rambling for 312 yards and two more scores in a 28-14 victory – emerging as Rose Bud’s top offensive threat.
Although the Ramblers would not win another game all season, Ferren remained consistent. He finished the season with a school-record 1,490 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns to earn all-conference honors.
Running out of the spread with one lead blocker, Ferren was the target of the opposing defenses in the rugged 2-3A Conference. This year the quick, elusive senior with remarkable cutback ability lines up behind quarterback rather than to the side.
Ferren will be a few steps closer to the line of scrimmage and flanked by two more backs in the fullback position of first-year Coach Kevin Coleman’s Dead-T offensive attack.
He will have two blockers on each side this year, plus a tight end and five linemen to create a convoy. Coleman said Ferren’s running style should make for a smooth transition.
“Hopefully he is very tired when the game is over on Friday night. It’s all about repetition and timing for him right now. Is he better off than he was in May? Sure. Is he where he needs to be week one? No. Even with Caleb it’s that timing and repetition. We need to run the plays hundreds of times to get there. If we he follow his blocking angles he will do fine.”
Ferren is adjusting well to the new offense, but realizes he has a few things to work on before the season starts. “I’ve got to get the technical stuff of the new offense. It’s a new scheme and not as spread out. I have to get to the lane and trust my linemen more this year. It’s like a machine. If one piece isn’t doing exactly what they are supposed to do, it can fall apart.
“I like it. It’s different but I think it fits me personally better. A lane to get through every time and if can get through that little two-yard push I will have a one on one with a safety and will be able to make my move,” added Ferren.
From watching film, Coleman said he likes how Ferren keeps his legs churning for extra yards after initial contact. “He finishes runs. When he goes down you don’t ever see him get knocked back. He has a low center of gravity, a good forward lean. There is always that extra yard or two or three he makes after contact.”
Birthday: March 21, 1997
Hometown: Jacksonville (Moved to Rose Bud in 4th grade)
College Choices: Arkansas Tech, University of Arkansas
Major: Engineering (But wants to be a missionary before college)
Restaurant: Cuervito’s Grill in Rose Bud
Time of year: Fall
Subject in high school: Business Class
NFL Player: Peyton Manning
College Player: Eddie Lacy (former Alabama RB)
NFL team: Indianapolis Colts
College Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Music/Band: Classic Rock, Eric Clapton
More about Ferren
How long have you been playing football? Since 4th grade
What is one thing you could never see yourself doing? Desk job
Embarrassing moment on field? 7th grade I picked off a pass against Brinkley and dropped the ball without anybody touching me
Best moment on field? Rushing for personal record 312 yards at Conway Christian
Hobbies outside sports? Work at auto body shop and church activities