Two Iowa State football walk-ons that could have a big impact on this season, Drake Ferch and Ben Boesen, have received scholarships.
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From the official Iowa State press release:
"Ferch, a native of State Center, Iowa, was one of many deserving candidates for a scholarship. His rise into ISU depth chart at the nickel slot certainly helped Rhoads with his decision, but his leadership and toughness was what sealed the deal.Boesen, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, will be one of ISU’s prime targets at the tight end spot. The former Dowling Catholic star is currently in his fourth year with the Cyclone program after earning INA Class 4A First-Team All-State honors as a prep."
Head coach Paul Rhoads awarded the duo their scholarships and they will be effective immediately.
It wasn’t a surprise to see Ferch receive the scholarship. He’s been a favorite of Rhoads and has constantly been atop of the 2014 depth charts at strong linebacker/nickel. After redshirting in 2012, Ferch helped on special teams in 2013 and recorded three tackles. During the spring game this year, Ferch had eight tackles.
Ferch could be one of the defensive back standouts this year along with players like Luke Knott, Jevohn Miller, and Nigel Tribune. He sent out this tweet after receiving the scholarship.
E.J. Bibbs will get all the attention at tight end, but you can’t forget about Boesen. He’s taller than Bibbs and could find himself at the tight end spot if Bibbs move out into a wide receiver set or if Bibbs needs some time away from the field. Boesen is a quality backup and that doesn’t show in just his stats last year (2 catches for 9 yards in 8 games).
Other notable players that received a scholarship after becoming a walk-on were Justin Colemand and Edwin Arceo in 2013 and Jeff Woody in 2010.
Congratulations to both Ferch and Boesen on a scholarship that’s well deserved.