5 minutes with Michael Ford

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Getting to Know: Michael Ford

Player/position: Michael Ford/RB

Year (experience): Sophomore (one letter)

Height/weight: 5-10, 215

Where he came from: Leesville High

Impact in 2010: Rushed the ball 41 times for 235 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Fall camp impact: Battling for the No. 2 running back position

Did you know: Ford broke the Leesville rushing record as a senior with 2,447 yards, topping the previous mark of 2,143 set by former LSU standout Cecil Collins.


On developing after his first year: “It’s just coming along and knowing the game a little more and learning the defense and everything.”

On operating in a crowded backfield:Whatever spot I’m in, I’m going to give my best effort in practice … we are competitive and are great athletes, and we push each other every day. That’s what you want.”

On the mentality of the group: “All the guys in that room, we try to have a balanced skill set, where we can pass block, run, or be a power back. We just try to be balanced and dynamic.”

On Steve Kragthorpe’s effect on the running backs: “He is a very up-tempo guy. He wants everything fast-paced and up to speed.”




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