Ford impressed with Carolina

Ford impressed with Carolina

CLEMSON - Jacoby Ford's final appearance as Clemson's No. 6 in Death Valley on Saturday was an All-ACC worthy performance.

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The best all-purpose output of his college career (211 yards), Ford finished with 106 receiving, 16 rushing and 89 in returns. He also grabbed a touchdown--a 24-yard dart from Kyle Parker.

"It was definitely a good way to go out in my last game here. I was really proud that I was able to give those fans a good show."

As the end approaches to what Coach Dabo Swinney has dubbed, ‘A November to Remember,' Ford joked on Tuesday about the Dabo-isms he's heard over the years. He and Aaron Kelly maintained a long-running book of Dabo-isms. Though the book's whereabouts are currently unknown, it chronicled the many quotable lines that Swinney has become known for conceiving.

"Me and Aaron used to write down a whole bunch of his quotes in our meeting room last year," Ford said. "Ever since I've been here we've always written them. We just had to start a new book every year."

He's done his part in making it a memorable November run this season. In three games this month, Ford has 13 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown, rushed three times for 41 yards and a touchdown and has 89 return yards.

On the season, Ford has 45 receptions for 654 yards and five touchdowns. He's accounted for 1,050 all-purpose yards, has two rushing touchdowns and punt return for touchdown.

His touchdown catch on Saturday was a secondary route on a play with the wheel route as the primary read. Ford marveled at how Parker made the play, stepping up into the pocket.

"It looked like he was at shortstop and he just flicked it right on in there," Ford said. "It was just an amazing throw."

Like Parker, Ford will be making his first appearance on the field in Williams-Brice Stadium. He didn't play against South Carolina two years ago because of a broken ankle. Good friends with a number of South Carolina track athletes, he looks forward to putting on a show.

A number of Ford's family members will also be in attendance for his final game in the state. He's already warned them of what to expect Saturday afternoon. The Florida native told his family that the environment will be similar to what they experienced in The Swap while watching his older brother, Davy, played for Florida State.

"They're a very rowdy group…but (my family) likes these kinds of things. They're going to be really excited to be there," Ford said.

Matched up with young corners in Akeem Auguste and Stephon Gilmore, Ford's seen improvement in the duo over the past 11 game.

"I was impressed with Gilmore. He's a guy that we heavily recruited. We knew he was a good player and would be good wherever he went," Ford said. "He hasn't surprised me."

The first player who anybody identifies with South Carolina's defense is Eric Norwood. That's the guy who Ford said the Tigers will have to keep an eye on at all times.

"They have a knack for getting to the ball, especially with Eric Norwood, no matter where he is on the field," he said.

With Ford's knack for the big play, there's no doubt that South Carolina players and coaches identified him as a guy they're keeping their eyes on at all times.

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