ORONO – Maine football’s loss to New Hampshire to kick off the season last Thursday was a wakeup call for multiple units, and brought to light an ongoing discipline issue for the Black Bears. One of the most collected Maine players on the field though?
A redshirt freshman.
Chris Ferguson made his debut at quarterback for the Black Bears, and impressed in the process. Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak and staff trusted him to air it out, and that he did, throwing for 239 yards and three touchdowns on 44 attempts. Two late interceptions marred his performance slightly, though Harasymiak said Ferguson’s performance met his expectations for Week 1.
“Chris Ferguson’s like one of the least worries I have coming out of this game,” he said. “The kid’s the real deal. No doubt about it. Three touchdowns, no picks. I know he made a couple of bad throws at the end that he wants back. The last interception, he’s trying to make a play on 4th and 12. Probably the first one he really wants back.”
Harasymiak also said while there were areas for improvements, he knows the right guy is under center for the Black Bears.
“Gotta improve his accuracy a little bit, gotta keep his elbow up when he throws the ball,” he said. “But we made the right decision on that.”