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Jacoby Ford
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At a game in Denver in October, 2010.
No. 12     Oakland Raiders
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-27) July 27, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida
High School: West Palm Beach (FL) Newman
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108
Debuted in 2010 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

Track and field honors:

  • NCAA Qualifier, 60m (2007, 2009)
  • NCAA Qualifier, 100m (2008–09) & 4×100m (2009)
  • NCAA Champion, 60m (2009)
  • USTFCCCA All-American, 100m (2008-09)
  • USTFCCCA All-American, 60m (2007, 2009)
  • USTFCCCA All-American, 4×100m (2009)
  • ACC Champion, 60m (2007, 2009)
  • ACC Champion, 100m (2009)
  • NCAA East Region Champion, 100m & 4×100m (2009)
  • All-East Region, 100m (2007-09)
  • All-ACC, 100m (2008-09)
  • All-ACC, Indoor 200m (2007), Outdoor 200m (2009)
  • NCAA East Region Qualifier, 100m & 4×100m (2007–09)
  • NCAA East Region Qualifier, 200m (2007, 2009)
  • Southeast Region Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Year (2007, 2009)
  • ACC Indoor Freshman-of-the-Year (2007)

NFL honors

  • Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 9)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (November 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     44
Receiving Yards     749
Touchdowns     3
Stats at NFL.com

Jacoby Ford (born July 27, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He is also an accomplished track and field athlete. He played college football as a wide receiver and return specialist for the Clemson Tigers at Clemson University, where he competed in sprinting events. In the NFL, Ford is widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the league.[1]

Early lifeEdit

His brother, Davy Ford, played football at Florida State. Jacoby attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he earned two letters in football and one in track. As a senior, he recorded 22 receptions for 550 yards and ten touchdowns. He was named the Palm Beach County All-Star Game most valuable player and a second-team all-state player. In track, he was the 2005 Florida state 100-meter dash champion reportedly with a time of 10.32 seconds (he ran a wind assisted 10.21 on another occasion),[2] and 200-meter dash champion with a time of 21.25 seconds.[3]

In 2005, he attended preparatory school at the Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. There he recorded seven kick returns for touchdowns, 57 receptions for 1,254 yards and nine touchdowns, and 12 rushing attempts for 306 yards and three touchdowns.[3] At the Fork Union Military Academy combine, he reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.126 seconds.[4][5] Rivals.com ranked him the number-17 prep school player in the nation and called him the "fastest player on the East Coast". The head coach John Schuman called him "the fastest player ever at Fork Union", a school which has produced 87 NFL Draft picks and two Heisman Trophy winners.[3]

Ford was recruited by Clemson, Florida, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.[3]

College careerEdit

Ford enrolled at Clemson University, where he majored in sociology. In 2006 as a true freshman, he saw action in 12 of 13 games. He recorded 15 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns, and eight rushing attempts for 104 yards, 23 punt returns for 166 yards and one touchdown, and 13 kick returns for 426 yards and one touchdown.[6]

In track and field during 2007, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Freshman of the Year. In the 60-meter dash, he set an ACC record, and the national best for the year, at 6.52 seconds.[7] Ford was also named the Southeast Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, and he was awarded National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American, All-East Region, and All-ACC honors.[8]

During the 2007 football season, he saw action in eight of 13 games. He recorded 17 receptions for 310 yards and four touchdowns, 14 rushing attempts for 172 yards, 18 punt returns for 108 yards, and eight kick returns for 211 yards.[6] His season ended early when he suffered a broken ankle against Maryland.[9]

In 2008, he saw action in all 13 games. He recorded 55 receptions for 710 yards and four touchdowns, 18 rushing attempts for 96 yards, 21 punt returns for 62 yards, and 17 kick returns for 313 yards.[6] In February 2009, at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, Ford ran a 6.52-second 60-meter dash, which was one-hundredth of a second shy of the NCAA Championship meet record.[10] In March, he won the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.[11] During the track season, he was again named an NCAA All-American, All-East Region, and All-ACC athlete with a fastest time of 10.01.[8][12]

Prior to the 2009 season, the NFL Draft Scout ranked Ford as the seventh out of 310 available wide receiver prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.[13]

In the Tiger's 40-24 victory over the Florida State Seminoles on November 7, 2009, Ford and C.J. Spiller became the greatest all-purpose duo in NCAA history (a record previously held by Marshall Faulk and Darnay Scott of San Diego State).

Professional careerEdit

At the NFL Combine, Ford recorded a 4.28 40-yard dash, the fastest of the 2010 class and the second fastest ever.

On April 24, Jacoby Ford was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in Round 4 with the 108th pick overall. He had 6 receptions for 148 yards and also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on 11/7/10. This was his career-best receiving total. Ford was a pivotal weapon against the Chiefs recording 148 receiving yards, 47 yards of which came on a pass from Jason Campbell to set up Sebastian Janikowski for the 33-yard field goal to beat Kansas City Chiefs 23-20 in overtime. For his spectacular play in Week 9 against Kansas City, Ford was voted as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. Ford was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November 2010. He had a 94-yard touchdown on a kickoff return against Kansas City and a 101-yard return for a score against Miami, the latter the third longest in club history. On December 26, Ford returned the opening kickoff for 99 yards, going end-to-end in 11 seconds.[14] Ford also holds the Raiders record for the most kickoff returns for a touchdown in a season at 3. During the Week 6 game of the 2011 season, Ford set the Raiders franchise record for the most kickoffs returned for touchdowns in franchise history with 4, after his 101-yard kick off return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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