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Coon Rapids (Minn.) running back Antonio Ford has recently put on impressive performances at the NUC combine in Burnsville and at the tryouts for the USA Football U19 team.

"At the NUC combine held in Burnsville they test your 40, bench, shuttle, vertical jump, broad jump, and a bunch of 1-on-1's," Ford said.

"My 40 wasn't the best because it was windy and raining out so I got a 4.58. My shuttle was a 4.18 due to the same conditions. I had a 35-inch vertical and a 9-foot-3 broad jump."

Ford took home three awards for his dominating performance. "I won overall MVP, Strongest Man award, and Combine King," he said.

The 5-foot-9, 205 pound running back also tried out for the USA Football U19 team. Ford was among 180 players vying to make a 40-man roster that will represent team USA vs. the World in a game scheduled for next February.

"We did position drills, 1-on-1's, 7-on-7's and skill drills—but it went extremely well," Ford said of the tryouts. "The coaches had nothing but great things to say about me so it really did go well."

Ford mentioned college coaches want to see how he has responded from the knee injury that plagued him last season before offering. His recent notable performances may have assuaged the doubts of one team.

"Marshall is talking about offering soon," he said.

Ford is scheduled to take part in a one-day camp at the University of Minnesota later this month. He hopes his performance will lead to an offer from the home state Gophers.

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