Hur­ri­canes’ Ford is mak­ing strides

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - Shan­del Richard­son

CO­RAL GABLES — Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes fresh­man DT

may not see ac­tion in Satur­day’s game but his time will come. Very soon. De­fen­sive line coach said the only thing hold­ing Ford back is the two weeks of train­ing camp he missed be­cause he had to set­tle aca­demic issues be­fore en­rolling.

“I’m not sure about [him play­ing] Satur­day,” Kuligowski said. “He got here so late. He was so far be­hind in terms of knowl­edge of what we want him to do with tech­nique. It’s al­most an im­pos­si­ble task to come in and be able to ex­pect to play. I would be ly­ing to you if I said he hasn’t come a long way.”

Ford, a 6-foot-5, 275-pounder out of Dil­lard, has shown prom­ise de­spite be­ing around only a short pe­riod. He didn’t ar­rive un­til Aug. 17, but will likely move up the depth chart once he gets more com­fort­able.

“He is a guy who could def­i­nitely make an im­pact this year for us,” Kuligowski said. “I don’t know if I’m ready to say he’s go­ing to be the guy be­cause he’s not. He’s not com­pet­ing with those top two units but he’s a kid who has a real bright fu­ture.”

Coach

Jon Ford Mark Richt Richards, Next game: Craig Kuligowski

said it was “un­likely” WR who is deal­ing with a ham­string in­jury, would play Satur­day. Fresh­man a St. Thomas grad­u­ate, is ex­pected to start in his place. No. 18 Mi­ami vs. Bethune-Cook­man, Satur­day, 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Florida

Mike Har­ley, Ah­m­mon

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