Saturday, June 9, 2012

Where Are They Now? Ross Farris

Farris was a 5-10, 193-pound safety from Glenns Ferry, Idaho, and one of the building blocks of one of the most amazing runs by a college football team in the history of the sport.

Farris was a four-year starter for the Broncos under three different coaches:  Tom Mason, who served as interim coach while head coach Pokey Allen battled cancer, Allen, Houston Nutt in 1997 and Dirk Koetter his final two seasons. Ross and the Broncos paid their dues and more in Boise State's first year in Division I football and Allen's heart-wrenching year in which he later died, suffering a 2-10 campaign.  Boise State was 5-6 in 1997 and 6-5 in 1998, before laying the foundation for today's success with a brilliant 10-3 season in 1999, including a Big West Conference championship and the Humanitarian Bowl title with a 34-31 victory over Chris Redman and Louisville. 
Farris had 44 tackles, 1 sack, one interception returned for 33 yards and seven pass deflections as a freshman in 1996.  He also returned 9 kickoffs for a 17.7 average.  Ross continued his steady play as a sophomore with 60 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions returned for 106 yards with one touchdown, six pass deflections and two blocked kicks.  He returned six kickoffs for a 25.0 average.  In 1998, Farris was credited with 66 tackles, one for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and four pass deflections and returned 10 kickoffs for a 15.4 average.

As a senior, Farris had 48 tackles, three for loss, with 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, six pass deflections and an interception.  Ross also returned five kickoffs for 69 yards.

All told, Farris had 218 career tackles in his stellar career, which ranks ninth all-time among defensive backs at Boise State and 35th overall.  He is tied for seventh in the record books with two blocked kicks.  Farris is 12th all-time for the most interception yards in a season with 106 in 1997 and 15th for career interception yards with 140.  A heady player who always had a nose for the ball, Farris ranks 13th in school history with 23 pass deflections.  He also had four career tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery.  Farris brought back 30 kickoffs for a career 17.73 average.

Farris is now the Director of Marketing and Investor Relations for Clearwater Real Estate Investments.  At Clearwater, Farris is responsible for the development and management of marketing, closing and investor services.  Ross is focused on the constant improvement of procedures Clearwater used to keep it's investors and respective representatives informed and setting the standard for customer service, reliability and transparency throughout their entire experience.  
Farris has had diverse experience in all facets of real estate sales, marketing, transactional processing and investor services within the real estate securities industry.  Prior to joining Clearwater, Farris held executive positions at two companies where he was instrumental in establishing and executing their go-to-market strategies and initial product launch while managing the sales, marketing, broker-dealer relations, closing and investor services functions.

Farris graduated from Boise State with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Business Management and he is a licensed real estate professional in the state of Idaho.

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