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Ford, Jason

Hit11 JFordCard: Leaf Rookies 2012
Acquired: 2013, Target Autograph Memorabilia

Jason Ford was a beast coming out of High School ranking in the Top 50 nationally among runningbacks. He chose Illinois over a strong push from fellow Big 10 schools Minnesota and Wisconsin. While never rushing for 1,000 yards, and splitting time with Mikel Leshore, Ford finished his 4 year career at Illinois in 2012 with 1970 yards and 27 touchdowns- 16th on the school’s all time rushing list.  With a nose for the endzone and first downs, Jason is a stout (251 lb), downhill runner, with good hands, evidenced by his 46 receptions. He’s definitely a bam back that you bring in for those goal line and short yardage situations.

Ford was expected to be a late round pick in the 2012 draft, but due to an April 2011 arrest for driving with a suspended license, and allowing himself to be ineligible for the bowl game this past season because of academics, Jason’s stock took a blow. Jason signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a free agent after the draft. In camp the team was worried about Rashad Mendenhall’s recovery from a season ending injury from 2011, and was trying out new blood. Jason got his chance in the team’s second preseason game, a Monday Night contest against the Indianapolis Colts. The bruiser rushed 8 times for 42 yards, prompting the commentators to remark how he looked like the second coming of Jerome Bettis. During the game, Jason pulled his hamstring and sat out the 3rd contest. The Steelers cut him after finally coming to terms with  WR Mike Wallace.  Currently, he’s a free agent, but I think he’d make a great fit for the AFL as a fullback.

 

Quick, Brian

Card: Leaf Draft 2012
Acquired: 2012, Box Breaker

Appalachian State’s Brian Quick jumped up draft boards going into the final weeks as a prime specimen, making strides based on his size (6’4″, 220), good combine numbers, high jumping, and solid hands. In his final season at the school, he posted 1096 yards and 11 touchdowns on 71 receptions.  As a former basketball player who switched to football, his shortcoming appears to be his relative inexperience at the position and lack of talent that he faced at the Division I-A level. It is expected that in the NFL, with the right coaching, he could develop into a sure fire deep threat that could rarely be stopped. The pressure is on as the St. Louis Rams took Brian at the top of Round 2 in the 2012 draft. It is the highest a player from Appalachian State has been taken in any NFL draft.

It is expected and needed of Brian to contribute to the Rams as soon as possible, with quarterback Sam Bradford needing any targets he can get at wide out.  He made his first touchdown grab- a one yarder against the Dolphins in week 6 of the season. Brian later started his first game in week 10, hauling in a 36 yard TD grab that was key in helping the Rams tie the 49ers 24-24. Quick finished the 2012 season with 11 receptions for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns.