DeMoreo Ford was an exceptional football player and a key member in the resurgence of the University of Kentucky football program. Coming out of Lagrange High School in Georgia, Ford came to Kentucky to help a team that had fallen on hard times, and over the next four years, Dord would endure his own challenges while helping UK go to three bowl games.
After a knee injury wiped out most of his freshman season, Ford returned to the field in 2006 to help UK advance to it’s first bowl game in almost a decade. In the bowl game vs. Clemson, following UK’s conversion of a fake punt deep in Wildcat territory, he caught a 70-yard bomb from Andre Woodson that was ultimately the difference in a 28-20 victory over the Tigers.
Over the next two seasons, ford would battle through various injuries and concussion problems as he became a leader for the Cats on and off the field. His last highlight came in 2008 against then-#1 Alabama, when he burned Bama’s vaunted defense for a 48-yard touchdown in the closing minutes of the Cats’ 17-14 loss to the Crimson Tide.
Later that year, after sustaining a concussion in the Mississippi State game, physicians have advised ford it was time to retire from football. Ford ended his Wildcat career having played in 37 games, including five starts. His career numbers featured 23 receptions for 292 yards, an average of 12.7 yards per catch, and three touchdowns.
From there, ford would bounce around different coaching gigs that began as a grad assistant at UK, to returning to his hometown in 2010 as the wide receivers coach at LaGrange College, and even coached at Pikeville College at one point.
Ford recently took the time to do an interview with us and give us the scoop on what he’s been up to lately.
WBN: Talk about your life after football. What have you been up to lately?
For the last three years I’ve coached college football at LagrangeCollegeand The University of Pikeville. My family and I recently moved back to my hometown of Lagrange, Ga, where I have started my sports recruiting service called Validity Sports.
WBN: Tell us about what you do in your current job.
At Validity Sports, our service is to help high school athletes gain exposure in order to obtain a college scholarship.
WBN: What was your most memorable moment as a Wildcat?
One of the most memorable moments at Kentucky was the big win against LSU. That week of practice was unbelievable. After watching film that Sunday before, we knew that we had a good chance of beating those guys but we also knew that it would have to be a near flawless game. It’s most memorable because I just remember how focused everyone was and how bad they wanted to win.