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Oklahoma football notebook: Keith Ford working on ball security

The transition to the college game, as it relates to holding onto the ball, was difficult for Ford.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 10, 2014

If it weren’t for a fumbling issue last year, Keith Ford might be looked upon as the most likely candidate to become the Sooners’ top running back this season.

But those ball security issues limited Ford’s play in the second half of last season.

“Coach (Cale) Gundy constantly talks about ball security and everybody knows that,” Ford said. “I just have to worry about it myself and do the little things to make sure the ball is secure. Everybody had to do the same things, and we all work on it and we all try to improve on ball security.”

The transition to the college game, as it relates to holding onto the ball, was difficult for Ford.

“In high school, everybody isn’t trying to go for the ball,” Ford said. “At this level, everyone is trying to strip because everyone is trying to create turnovers.

“The transition from high school to college is a very big step. Speaking as a guy who went through it last year, it’s a big transition.”


Sophomore Ahmad Thomas has liked what he’s seen of freshman safety Steven Parker so far.

“He’s a fast guy,” Thomas said. “A good cover guy. And he’ll come down and hit someone.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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