45 Jerome Felton
45 Jerome Felton
Height: 6-0
Weight: 246
Year: Senior
Hometown: Madisonville, Tenn.
High School: Sequoyah H.S.
Position: FB
Furman: Physical, record setting fullback who ranks as one of the top players in the Southern Conference and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)...was recently rated as the best fullback in FCS by The Sports Network heading into the 2007 campaign...should contend for both All-America and GTE The Magazine Academic All-America honors this fall...sports outstanding tackle breaking ability and is a quality blocker and receiver...will again be a major factor in Furman's offense...already ranks as one of Furman's all-time great running backs and possibly the greatest fullback in school history....heads into the season as Furman's career leading scorer (334 points)...holds SoCon single game rushing touchdowns record (6) and Furman season scoring (140 points) and season rushing touchdowns (23) standards...ranks fourth on the SoCon's all-time scoring ledger...with 51 career rushing touchdowns, is just two touchdowns shy of Louis Ivory's school rushing touchdowns mark...stands 11th on Furman's career rushing ledger with 1,947 yards, just 37 yards shy of the Dinky Williams' Paladin fullback career record of 1,984 yards... has played a key role in Furman posting a 29-10 record and earning three straight playoff appearances over the past three seasons...ranked second on the squad with a 425-pound bench press and third on the team with a 341-pound hang clean in spring testing. 2006 -- Named first team All-SoCon in balloting by league media and second team by league coaches...selected to the College Sporting News Fabulous 50 FCS All-Star team...helped lead Furman to an 8-4 record, earn a playoff berth, and finish ranked No. 12 in The Sports Network national poll...finished fourth nationally in scoring (11.67 ppg)...rushed for a game high 88 yards on 18 carries and scored Furman's first touchdown of the season on a two-yard run in the second quarter against Jacksonville State (17-13 win)...ran for 67 yards and scored a then-career high four touchdowns in 45-42 loss to North Carolina...followed up his performance against UNC by running for 102 yards and school and SoCon record six touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Western Carolina...six rushing TDs versus WCU shattered Furman's oldest active individual record previously set by William Gressette (vs. Presbyterian) in 1915...six rushing TDs also broke SoCon single game standard previously held by three players and was only one shy of NCAA I-AA record...scored five of six TDs in first half, helping Furman to a 35-7 lead over WCU...wrapped up his outing against the Catamounts with a record sixth score at 9:09 mark of the third quarter (his last play of the game)...performance garnered him SoCon Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors and Sports Network National Player-of-the-Week accolades....also collected a CSN FCS (fomerly I-AA.org) All-Star tab...led all rushers with 18 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Wofford...scored all three Furman touchdowns in a 23-17 win over The Citadel...three TDs versus The Citadel gave him 19 for the season, tying him with Louis Ivory for the school single season rushing touchdowns standard...broke Ivory's record with a 1-yard TD plunge in the second quarter of the Paladins' 28-22 overtime win over Chattanooga...exited the UTC game in the third quarter with a leg injury and only played two plays against Appalachian State (no start, no carries)...returned to the starting lineup against Elon and rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the Paladins' 24-13 victory...touchdowns against Elon gave him new Furman season and career scoring standards, breaking marks also held by Ivory...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2005 -- Played a key role in Furman's 2005 season, keying the Paladins to an 11-3 record, NCAA I-AA semifinal playoff finish, and No. 3 final national ranking...led Furman and ranked ninth in the SoCon in rushing with 940 yards -- the highest season rushing total ever by a Paladin fullback...scored a team leading 20 touchdowns...set a school single season scoring record with 124 points, breaking the previous mark of 114 points set by Louis Ivory in 2001...ranked second in the SoCon in scoring...averaged an impressive 5.2 yards per carry...earned second team All-SoCon honors -- quite an accomplishment for a Furman fullback...was also named to the I-AA.org All-Star Team at the fullback position...spearheaded a Paladin ground attack that helped Furman lead the SoCon in total offense (470.0 ypg)...ran for over 100 yards in three games, including a career high 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-23 win over Samford...ran for 109 yards against Hofstra (44-41 2OT win) and rushed for 105 yards an two scores in the Paladins' 29-23 NCAA I-AA semifinal playoff loss to Appalachian State...performance against ASU included a 31-yard scoring run in which he ran over Mountaineer All-America defensive back Corey Lynch...scored three touchdowns in the Paladins' 39-31 triple overtime victory over The Citadel, including the game tying score with 48 seconds in regulation and game winner (plus two-point conversion) in third overtime period...also scored a pair of TDs in the Paladins 24-21 quarterfinal playoff win over Richmond...caught 18 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2004 -- Shared Furman Freshman-of-the-Year honors with strong safety Andrew Thacker...began the season in a reserve role but by midseason took over the starting fullback job, beating out a pair of seniors in the process...started in the Paladins' final seven games (6-1) and delivered critical, big time play down the stretch ...played a key role in the Paladins' 10-3, SoCon championship season that included an NCAA I-AA quarterfinal playoff appearance and No. 5 final national ranking...rushed for 300 yards and a team leading 10 touchdowns...added one touchdown catch and a pair of two-point conversions to finish the season with 70 points, good for second on the team and 10th in the SoCon...ran six times for a season high 59 yards in the Paladins' 52-7 season opening win over Presbyterian...scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion, including a game winning 7-yard score with 1:05 left in the game, to complete the Paladins' 29-22 win over then second-ranked Georgia Southern...performance against GSU garnered him SoCon Freshman-of-the-Week honors...came back the next week to score two touchdowns, including the game winner with 2:38 remaining in a 31-24 win at Wofford...work against Wofford also featured three receptions, including a key 12-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter that saw him bull over two Terrier defenders on the way to a first down to the Wofford 22 and eventual touchdown...rushed for touchdowns in NCAA I-AA playoff contests against Jacksonville State (49-7 win) and James Madison (14-13 loss)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. High School: 2004 graduate of Sequoyah (AAA) High School...football coach was Don Kerley...two-way starter at fullback and middle linebacker...rushed for over 3,000 yards and compiled over 300 tackles in his three-year career...was a three-time team offensive MVP, all-county, and all-region selection...served as team captain, rushed for 1,300 yards, and finished second on his team with 104 tackles in 2003...was named an All-American Scholar and an Outstanding African-American Student of Tennessee...received the 2001-02 United States National Minority Leadership Award...named to Who's Who Among American High School Students...recipient of Sequoyah High School's Academic Excellence Award...also recruited by Duke and Tennessee Tech. Personal: Full name is Jerome Jean-Marie Felton...son of Sabrina Felton-Curtis and Boyd Curtis...mother is a native of Germany and former professional gymnast...born July 3, 1986, in Duren, West Germany...has three siblings: Maike, Simon, and Eamon...took the ACT as a seventh grader as part of Duke University's Talent Search program...score was high enough to allow him to enroll in summer and night courses at Hiwassee College, where between the seventh and 11th grades he completed 19 hours of college credit courses...is a professionally trained scuba diver and rescuer...political science major...sports a 3.25 grade point average.