Antonio Ford is a rare breed for Wake Forest this year, a redshirt senior that is still expected to see a lot of playing time. While those types of players used to be the norm, a youth movement recently has put more freshmen and sophomores on the field than Wake fans have seen in a long time.
The redshirt senior is expected to start the year at left tackle for the Deacs. Ford has played in 20 games during his Wake Forest career, including 8 starts last year, and 3 games coming off of the bench. He was still partially recovering from a broken leg suffered against Maryland during his redshirt sophomore season.
At 6-4, 295, and a redshirt senior, Ford will without a doubt play a big role on and off the field in the development of some of the younger players, especially on the offensive line. He has been limited a bit in practice with a knee injury of sorts, but has been out there recently gutting it out to get the practice reps necessary for the season.
Ford chose Wake Forest over West Virginia, Purdue, Tennessee, Louisville and Vanderbilt. He played both offense and defense at Pahokee High School in Florida, and was rated the No. 67 defensive tackle in his class.
It is the final year for Ford at Wake Forest, and although he has seen some highs and lows throughout his career, he will be a big piece to the offensive line puzzle for the Deacs.