Oct 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Isaiah Ford (1) makes a pass reception in front of Pittsburgh Panthers defensive back Terrish Webb (2) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies had some success with true freshmen making a big impact in 2013 with Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson both having very strong freshman seasons in Blacksburg. While Facyson has been slowed by injuries, Fuller has become one of the top 2 or 3 cornerbacks in all of college football.
This season the Hokies have multiple true freshmen making a big impact on offense led by wide receiver Isaiah Ford.
Ford is likely going to have every true freshman record and might end up with all the major overall freshman records this season. Currently, Ford leads the Hokies in receptions and receiving yards with 41 receptions for 522 yards while also having 5 receiving touchdowns which is tied with Bucky Hodges for the team lead.
Ford has been a dynamic threat that has been dangerous when the Hokies have given him plays where he get down the field some and find some space. Ford has played like a number 1 target that Michael Brewer can rely on and that was shown once again by how he had 7 catches for 75 yards against Boston College.
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Ford has proven to have good speed with quick acceleration while also knowing how to find space in a defense. There have also been moments when Ford has found space down the field that could have been a big play if Brewer would have made the throw. Another big thing with Ford is the fact that he makes big receptions when the Hokies need a play and can get first downs.
Ford is making big time plays when the Hokies need them on third and fourth downs while Ford has also been very solid making some big catches in the red zone to get touchdowns. Ford is having the best season a freshman wide receiver has ever had for the Hokies and could even push to break some Virginia Tech season receiving records depending on the final few games.
If Isaiah Ford can continue to get better throughout his collegiate career, he will go down as one of the greatest Virginia Tech wide receivers ever along with Carroll Dale, Ricky Scales, Antonio Freeman, and Jarrett Boykin.