Make us your home page

Ford held out of first spring practice



Mike Ford, the much-heralded freshman running back from Sarasota, will be held out of USF's first spring practice Tuesday afternoon because "we've got him doing some things academically," coach Jim Leavitt said.

Ford will likely miss all Tuesday practices this spring, Leavitt said, because of "some extra things he needs to do." Academics have been a problem in the past for Ford, who failed to qualify academically after signing with Alabama two years ago.

Receiver Amarri Jackson, his cousin and former high school teammate, said Ford knows what he has to do and has a good support structure of friends around him at USF.

"He knows and I'm going to push him," said Jackson, who attended two years of community college before landing at USF two years ago. "Mike knows he's got to go what he has to do. He's seen the other side of things, same way as me. You don't get the grades, he's seen that side.

"This should be smooth sailing. He's been going to class. He needs to get the work done. We know what he brings to the table on the field. Those running backs we have, they've got grades, and coach (Carl) Franks is going to play the guys who are doing it on and off the field. He's either going to do it, or he's not. But I'm going to be on him."

[Last modified: ]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours