Patrick Ford Interview
Sr / Eastern Kentucky / OL

Updated - 4-20-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Patrick Ford:  I am officially 6’5 and , 318 pounds right now.  It has been a long time since I have been timed in a forty.  I was around 5.10, but I was 290 pounds at that moment.      


Alex Khvatov:  When you were coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Patrick Ford:  The only full scholarship offers that I had were from Eastern Kentucky and Gardner-Webb University.  I was really undersized coming out of high school.      


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you choose Eastern Kentucky?

Patrick Ford:  I really liked the coaching staff.  They seem to really care about the players.  I liked how hard they worked.  My dad actually played here.  That was kind of cool to carry that tradition on. 


Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your career at Eastern Kentucky.   

Patrick Ford:  I was a redshirt my first year.  I played a lot of goal line TE my redshirt freshman season.  I played a little bit as a backup tackle.  I started at RG my redshirt sophomore year.  I moved to LT my redshirt junior year.  I was First Team All-Conference that year.  I played LT again my redshirt senior year.  I was injured during my firth game of the season.  I tore my ACL.  But I was still Second Team All-Conference my senior year. 


Alex Khvatov:  Do you see yourself as a tackle or a guard at the next level?   

Patrick Ford:  I am versatile.  I have started games at guard and tackle.  I am more comfortable at tackle because I have taken more reps there.  But I am comfortable at guard as well if I am taking the reps there.        


Alex Khvatov:  What is the feedback that you have received from scouts thus far?

Patrick Ford:  They tell me that I will probably be a guard at the next level.  I just need to get healthy and get into a camp.  I need to focus on getting to full speed. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Patrick Ford:  I am a physical guy.  I like mixing it up.  I like hitting.  I am versatile.  I can any position on the line.  I am a pretty smart guy.  I understand an offense and I can pick up a scheme fairly quickly. 


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Patrick Ford:  I need to get healthy.  I definitely need to improve on my guard play.  I need to get more reps there.  I am always trying to get better at everything.  You need to always work on your footwork and hand placement. 


Alex Khvatov:  Which NFL player would you compare your game to?

Patrick Ford:  I don’t have a specific guy.  I am always watching the O-linemen.  I am not sure that I have a specific guy that I model myself after.  I see myself as a guard that will get in there.  I am a physical guy that will work hard and scrap.  I play as hard as I can. 


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Patrick Ford:  I will do whatever it takes to get something done.  I am focusing on football 24/7.  If a team gives me a chance, I will do everything in my power to prove to them that they made the right choice.  I am a hard worker and a physical guy.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career?

Patrick Ford:  I took my game to the next level during my junior year.  We made it to the playoffs.  I was First Team All-Conference.  That is when things really got rolling.  I thought that I was having a good senior season, but it got caught short.  When I look back, I really enjoyed my junior year because I got to play a full season. 


Alex Khvatov:  Who is the toughest defensive lineman that you have faced during your career?

Patrick Ford:  We played against Purdue this past season.  #93 (Kawann Short) was a good player.  There is a nose tackle from UT-Martin (Montori Hughes) is a good player.  He is a Tennessee transfer. 


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your former teammate WR Tyrone Goard.

Patrick Ford:  Tyrone and I came in together.  I have always had a lot of respect for Tyrone.  He is a hard worker.  He is a good guy.  No one has any problems with him.  He is a playmaker.  There were a couple of games where we won because they couldn’t matchup with him defensively.  When they did matchup with him, he opened up the running game for us.  I think that Tyrone is a great player. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader? 

Patrick Ford:    It is a guy that others on the team look up to and follow.  He doesn’t necessarily have to say a lot.  If something needs to be said, then he would speak up.  A true leader is someone that doesn’t have to give a speech every single day.  It is someone that works hard every single day. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are the main traits that a successful offensive lineman should have? 

Patrick Ford:  It starts with toughness.  You got to have a certain amount of intelligence.  You have to understand the play and what your assignment is.  You have to work well with others.  You have to have great attention to detail.  Offensive line is a very technical position.  You have to be very detailed-oriented in your footwork and in your hand placement. 


Alex Khvatov:  What did you enjoy the most about playing college football?      

Patrick Ford:  It is a great experience.  I have made a lot of friends that I will have for the rest of my life.  I enjoyed pushing and challenging myself every day.  It is a special experience when all of the guys are working towards one goal.  It is just a special experience.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life? 

Patrick Ford:  No matter what happens, just keep grinding and keep working.  Eventually things will turn up.  There are days when you are discouraged because of this ACL injury.  But if you take care of business every day, then eventually everything will turn out. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies? 

Patrick Ford:  I have some farm land.  I like to spend some time up there.  I like to relax, get away from the city and clear your mind for awhile. 


Alex Khvatov:  What makes you unique?

Patrick Ford:  People would be surprised that I graduated in eight semesters with a 3.9 GPA.  I have always taken school seriously. 


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?    

Patrick Ford:  I got a construction management degree.  I want to be a superintendent and then work my way to a project manager on commercial construction projects. 


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Patrick Ford is….

Patrick Ford:  On and off the field, I am the same guy.  I am a relaxed guy.  I like to have fun and joke around.  But I know when to turn it on especially on the field.  You will get everything that I got when it is time to work.  I will do everything to the best of my ability.


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