Ferby back to playing like his freshman year

In his second season as head coach Western Kentucky University football coach Mike Sanford made it a goal to get the run game back on track after finishing dead last in all of college football last season.

Something that’s helped with that this year has been the resurgence of senior D’Andre Ferby.

"It means a lot, man,” Ferby said. “I think it speaks highly of my persistence.”

After a terrific first season on the hill, things changed for running back Ferby at the start of his sophomore season.

“Coming off of 2015, having a great freshman year in a lot of people’s eyes, all the hype coming in that next year, then that first play – out for the season,” Ferby said. “It crushed me, especially the injury I had. I didn’t think I was going to play football again.”

Ferby injured his shoulder and would have to sit out the entire season, but he would play football again, just not up to his normal standards.

In his junior year Smyrna, Tenn. native picked up just 373 yards on 117 carries for three touchdowns.

“That rehab process, how grueling it was to bounce back from it,” Ferby said.

Ferby looked back to his best at Louisville this season, but again found himself injuring his other shoulder. But on senior night Ferby was out there doing what he does best.

“He can tote it now,” WKU quarterback Steven Duncan said. “We saw the old Ferby tonight. I was coming in as a freshman and he was trucking people. He was doing what he did.”

Sanford saw it coming.

"It was just a day where you knew he was going to run with a little bit more of conviction,” Sanford said.

For Ferby to play well and get a win in his last game at the Houch was perfect ending to a story that has included a lot of twists and turns along the way.

“It was really gratifying especially to close it out how we did. As seniors, me and Dre – close it out. it felt good, man,” Ferby said.