New Chance Could Be Fullback

Jason Ford, who ranks among Illinois' all-time rushing leaders, could find his professional calling card as a West Coast-style fullback. He had a rocky senior season but had an impressive pro day.
April 13, 2012

Jason Ford Ready For Best Season As Illini

There has been much excitement in the Fighting Illini camp this fall about two exciting rookie running backs. They are good, but they must fight for playing time behind two experienced seniors. The leader of the group is somewhat a forgotten man on the team. But Jason Ford is in the best shape of his life and ready for a great season.
August 29, 2011

Is Jason Ford Ready For Prime-Time Role?

The Fighting Illini football team is bracing for the possibility star running back Mikel Leshoure might decide to enter his name in the NFL draft. If he should leave, upcoming senior Jason Ford will be expected to carry the rushing load for the Illini next fall. Whether he shares the rock with Leshoure next year or not, Ford will prepare to have his best season.
January 4, 2011

Jason Ford Adds To Running Back Strength

Last year, the Fighting Illini football team struggled finding a consistent running attack. Injuries and inexperience, coupled with the loss to the NFL of star runner Rashard Mendenhall, all contributed to the problem. Now a sophomore, Jason Ford is working diligently to reverse that trend.
August 25, 2009

Conditioning Pays Off For Running Back Ford

Last year, the Illini football team used a "running back by committee." That may continue to occur this fall as four players are all competing for playing time. But freshman Jason Ford began to assert himself late in the year, and he is now in better shape and has the experience to get an abundance of carries.
April 13, 2009

Coach Zook Reviews Indiana in Presser

Illini head coach Ron Zook was in a much better frame of mind for his Sunday review of the Indiana game than he was last week after Minnesota. A satisfying win will do that for you. And the media questions centered on more positive aspects of the football team as well.
October 20, 2008

Jason Ford Excites Illini Fans In Win

Coach Ron Zook said the 2008 Fighting Illini would use running backs "by committee" to replace departed All-American Rashard Mendenhall. Four backs are competing for playing time, and each has made contributions this year. The Indiana game was freshman Jason Ford's coming out party.
October 20, 2008