Q&A: Coach of OU RB commit Keith Ford 

December, 18, 2012
Entering the season, Cypress (Texas) Ranch had never won a playoff game. It was something ESPN 150 Oklahoma running back commit Keith Ford had on his mind throughout his senior season.

He thought he would get a chance as a junior but a late-season foot injury took him out, and Cypress Ranch faltered down the stretch and didn’t qualify for the postseason.

Not a problem in 2012, and Ford was a huge reason for the team’s success. He had 280 carries for 1,868 yards with 24 touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading receiver with 15 receptions for 500 yards and four touchdowns.

Cypress Ranch won three playoff games before being derailed by powerhouse Katy. Cy-Ranch coach Gene Johnson talks with SoonerNation about why OU fans should be excited about Ford coming to campus:

SoonerNation: What changed with Keith as a senior compared to when he was younger?

Gene Johnson: He did what all great kids with his work ethic do. He grew and matured as a player. He was so eager to learn what his job was, but then he also spent so much time learning what the jobs of what others had to do. He knew all the schemes.

SN: The season didn’t start off with a bang as Ford fumbled three times and was ejected in that first game. Looking back now, what happened?

Johnson: That was a real tough game for us because there was a lot of media attention surrounding it that we weren’t ready for. Kids were so anxious to do good but couldn’t get out of their own way. I think if the refs had a second chance and could review the film, Keith wouldn’t have been ejected.

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