AHC DL, Kent State
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Currently the defensive line coach, Ferrell served as outside linebackers coach in 2018, while the Flashes' transitioned to a 3-4 defense. He also served as the Flashes' interim head coach in December of 2017 and has been with the Flashes' coaching staff since 2012. In 2021, Ferrell's defensive line was a big part of the Flashes' 7-7 record. They helped the Flashes defense create 25 total turnovers throughout the 2021 season, ranking them tenth in the nation for turnovers forced. That impact helped the Flashes to a stellar turnover ratio, ranking third in the nation. Sophomore defensive lineman CJ West led the team with four sacks and was second on the team with eight tackles for loss under Ferrell. West made 43 total tackles and recovered a fumble as well. Ferrell was promoted to a full-time assistant in January of 2016 after spending three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant. In 2017, nose tackle Jon Cunningham claimed All-Mid-American Conference honors, while defensive end Matt Sommers was named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Kent State's pass defense ranked third in the MAC. In 2015, Ferrell helped the Flashes rank third in the Mid-American Conference in both total defense and pass defense and fourth in rushing defense. As a grad assistant, Ferrell's main focus was with the defensive line. Prior to Kent State, Ferrell spent four seasons as a high school coach, including three at The Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey. A four-year letterwinner on the defensive line with the Golden Flashes from 2004-07, Ferrell was an All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection and team captain as a senior. He is currently fifth in school history with 45.5 tackles for loss during his career. He then signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, playing throughout the 2008 preseason.