The likes of Peterson, Allen Patrick, Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray meant Oklahoma didn’t come into any season without solid experience in its backfield for the next several years.
Even in 2011, when walk-on Dominique Whaley earned the starting job after a few games, the Sooners brought sophomores Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, both of whom played as freshmen in 2010.
Finch was even a preseason All-Big 12 selection in 2011.
Ford calls himself “the old guy” in Oklahoma’s running back room, amazing considering he’s 20-years old with 23 career carries to his name.
“I learned from the group before,” Ford said. “They really brought me in and taught me the playbook and everything like that. I thought it was my job to do the same.
“It’s hard. Talking to them and walking through it with them really makes it easier for them and allows them to learn it faster. Being the old guy means you have to take some responsibility for the younger guys and make sure they’re learning the material.”