Mike Ford (quarterback)

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Mike Ford
SMU Mustangs – No. 10
PositionQuarterback
Career history
CollegeSMU (1977–1980)
High schoolMesquite (TX)
Personal information
Born: (1959-01-30) January 30, 1959 (age 60)
Clarksville, Texas
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Mike Ford (born January 30, 1959) was an American football player. He was a quarterback at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas.[1] He played college football for the SMU Mustangs football team from 1977 to 1980.[2] As a sophomore in 1978, he led all NCAA major college players in both total offense yards (2,957),[3] total offense per game (268.8 yards/game),[4] and passing yards (3,007).[5] In 11 games during the 1978 season, he completed 224 of 389 passes for 3,007 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions for and SMU team that compiled a 4-6-1 record.[2] Listed as a pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate in 1979,[6] he never reached the same statistical levels, passing for 217 yards after sustaining a knee injury in 1979 season opener,[7] and tallying 951 passing yards in 1980.[2] He returned to SMU as a student 30 year later to obtain his degree.[8]

After his college career, he played in the USFL for the San Antonio Gunslingers.[9]

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  1. ^ "2016 SMU Football Media Guide". issuu.com. SMU Athletics. 1 August 2016. p. 128. Retrieved 31 December 2018. A high-touted quarterback recruit from Mesquite High School, Ford was the nation's second-ranked passer in 1978, when he threw for 3,007 yards.
  2. ^ a b c "Mike Ford". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Total Yards". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2015. pp. 50–51.
  5. ^ "1978 Passing Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Hoopla over Heisman already begun". The Daily Sun (San Bernardino). August 12, 1979. p. 46.
  7. ^ "20th-ranked SMU gets 27-7 Tex Christian win". The Paris News. September 16, 1979. p. 22.
  8. ^ "Former star quarterback returns to SMU to earn degree". SMU. May 13, 2011.
  9. ^ https://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=fordmik001