How would most quarterbacks fare after losing their top target and one of the country’s best receivers? Probably nowhere near as well as Andrew Ford (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) has.
The junior quarterback Ford lost the nation’s No. 1 tight end, Adam Breneman, for the season to an ACL tear back in the summer. The southpaw signal-caller has responded with a 2-0 start in which he leads central Pennsylvania in passing yards (578) and touchdowns (10). In Cedar Cliff’s Week 2 win, Ford threw for seven touchdowns and rushed for another.
“Obviously we miss Adam and wish he was out there … but we run the spread and spread it around so it’s an advantage (the defense) can’t key on one person,” Ford said.
College coaches have taken notice of the 6-foot-2, 178-pound Ford. A season ago, Ford was a rotational quarterback who tagged along with Breneman on visits for college games. Now, Ford is being courted by programs across the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and even SEC.
Since Sept. 1, Ford has heard from a number of the schools already interested in him -- Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh -- but several new programs have come into the picture to at least express their interest in Ford. Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Purdue and UConn have all spoken to Ford over the last two weeks.
Ford made it down to Virginia to visit the Cavaliers for their game against Penn State on Sept. 8. Though Ford grew up a Penn State fan, he was there to check out Virginia for the second time. This past summer, Ford made it to Virginia to check out the campus and throw at their camp.
“It was the first time I’ve been there for a game so I didn’t know what to expect,” Ford said, “but every aspect that I was expecting exceeded that whether it was academics, coaches, the fans, the offense. I’m very high on Virginia. It was my second time there, and I still haven’t found a negative.”
On Saturday, Ford will make it to Pitt for its game against Virginia Tech. Much like Virginia, Ford has visited Pitt before but never for a game. Ford is looking forward to a few things on Saturday.
“The atmosphere -- Pittsburgh fans are crazy -- and just getting up to see Coach [Paul] Chryst and [Brooks] Bollinger and to see how they act on gameday and all that. It’ll be fun for me to see how they are.”
On Sept. 29, Ford will visit Rutgers, and Ford hopes to visit Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State before the season is over.
Still looking for his first offer, Ford is not worried when offer No. 1 will come. Each program has pretty much told him the same about a possible offer.
“Everyone’s kind of been consistent: Focus on the year and the offers will come,” Ford said. As a quarterback they said they need to watch a little more closely. I think from that standpoint I’m happy with the progress but not pressing for an offer. I just got to focus on this year and everything will take care of itself.”