If Raymond Ford wasn’t quite comfortable most of last season, that bodes well now that he knows what to expect.
Ford played in 12 games as a redshirt junior cornerback, starting on Halloween against UNLV in a game where he got his first interception.
A former Cal commit, he spent 2012 at Washington State, but was ineligible, then spent two seasons at Riverside (Calif.) CC, where he had 10 interceptions.
“It’s very tough, but once you adjust to it, adjust to the speed and the coaches. ... Last year was really hard for me, learning-wise,” he said. “I think I did all right, but I just know it was a little more of a learning process for me.”
Ford said it took “all season” to adjust, though he felt more confident as the season progressed. Ten of his 15 tackles came in the last half of the season, as did both of his interceptions.
“He’s a guy that does a really good job of finding the ball, and we’ll need it with guys like Donte (Deayon) and Darian (Thompson) not here,” cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose said.
In fall camp, Ford has competed with sophomore Tyler Horton for a starting spot opposite senior Jonathan Moxey. Regardless of how it shakes out, Ford knows he’ll be called upon for plenty of action.
“It’s going to feel good to be out there a lot more this year,” Ford said.
A DAY OFF ... FINALLY
The Broncos went hard the first two weeks of fall camp, practicing 13 straight days with a scrimmage and three two-a-day practices mixed in.
Players had the day off Wednesday, with most relaxing at home, though some hit the football facility for treatments.
“We got the full day off. It was definitely nice, but even on your off day, it feels like you should be in here doing some work,” senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck said.
For senior middle linebacker Darren Lee, it was especially appreciated.
“I actually got to play with my kid. I usually come home and she’s sleeping, wake up and she’s sleeping,” Lee said. “It was fun. She’s 9 months old now, so she’s trying to walk. We worked a little bit on that.”
SCRIMMAGE FRIDAY NIGHT
After returning to the practice field Thursday, the Broncos will hold a closed-door scrimmage Friday. Coach Bryan Harsin will address the media at approximately 1 p.m.