CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Southeast Missouri sophomore cornerback Michael Ford, a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
The Alton native, a 5-foot-11, 188-pounder, made some big plays to lead a stifling Southeast defense that scored two touchdowns and forced seven turnovers in a 27-24 win over Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He finished with eight tackles (six solo), two interceptions and a TD. Ford returned his first interception 21 yards for a touchdown, giving the Redhawks a 10-0 lead with 8:56 left in the first quarter. He was then fully extended and managed to stay in-bounds along the near sideline on a leaping catch for his other pick in the third quarter.
Ford starred at Marquette High prior to joining the Redhawks. During his senior season in 2012, Ford scored 33 touchdowns and rushed for 1,614 yards, averaging 11.2 yards per carry.
SEMO's defense shut out the Salukis in the fourth quarter, as Southeast locked down its first win of the season. The Redhawks lead the OVC and rank second in the Football Championship Subdivision in turnover margin (+7, 3.5 per game) after two contests.
A first-year starting cornerback, Ford earned the first OVC Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career.
Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge (Offensive), linebacker Dawson Wells (Co-Defensive) and linebacker Joel McCandless (Newcomer), along with UT Martin kicker Jackson Redditt are the rest of the OVC honorees.