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8  DeMoreo Ford
DeMoreo Ford

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
LaGrange, Ga.

High School:
LaGrange

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 186

Position:
Wide Receiver

Experience:
2L


Hopes to return to practice in August after missing most of spring practice because of injury ... His experience is needed following the departure of NFL draftees Keenan Burton and Steve Johnson ... Has a reputation as a ferocious blocker ... A change in NCAA eligibility rules has enabled his 2005 season to be a medical hardship year ... Most memorable play as a Wildcat was the turning point of the 2006 Music City Bowl, a career-long 70-yard reception for a touchdown ... Has nabbed 20 career receptions for 236 yards ... Appeared in 30 games, earning five starting nods.

2007 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, including a start in the Music City Bowl ... Made seven catches for 47 yards ... Set a career high with four receptions against Mississippi State.

2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 13 games and registered a start in four contests ... Made a huge play in the Music City Bowl win over Clemson ... Following UK's conversion of a fake punt deep in Wildcat territory, he caught a bomb from Andre' Woodson and raced for a 70-yard touchdown ... Finished the season with 11 receptions for 179 yards and two TDs ... Got first career TD vs. Vanderbilt on a 27-yard catch.

2005 (Freshman): Played in the first four games before missing the remainder of the campaign because of a knee injury ... Caught two passes for 10 yards ... A change in NCAA eligibility rules has enabled this to be a medical hardship season.

High School: First-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia sportswriters, and the Georgia coaches' association ... Four-year letterman and two-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback at LaGrange (Ga.) HS ... Caught 47 passes for 619 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Had 23 punt returns for 519 yards, 22.6 yards per return, and two touchdowns ... Also averaged 35.6 yards on kickoff returns ... Has been part of the LaGrange juggernaut that won Class AAA state championships during his freshman, junior, and senior seasons, compiled a four-year record of 55-2, and has a current winning streak of 29 games ... Career stats feature 80 receptions, 1,156 yards, and 17 touchdowns as a wide receiver; three interceptions on defense; a 15.3-yard average and three TDs on punt returns; and a 24.6-yard average on kickoff returns ... Played for the winning South team in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game ... Coached by Steve Pardue ... "DeMoreo has been our biggest offensive threat the last two years," Pardue said. "He's a playmaker. In both of the state championship games he had catches for the first touchdown of the game. I see him doing that in college." ... High school teammate of current Wildcat Braxton Kelley ... Rejoined former LaGrange teammate Wesley Woodyard at UK ... Three-year letterman in track, competing in the 400-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay ... Also recruited by South Carolina, Auburn, and Mississippi State in addition to Kentucky.

Personal: Born in LaGrange, Ga. ... Son of Tronsa Harris and Kerry Ford ... Nephew of Quentin McCord, who is a former LaGrange star, one of the top wide receivers in University of Kentucky history, and played with the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions in the NFL ... Cousin of Walt Harris of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers ... Major is family and consumer sciences.

Community Cats: Worked at a youth football clinic (2005) ... Served as a mentor at Johnson Elementary School (2006) ... Participated in the Skeeter Johnson Walk for Life (2007) ... Also participated in events with the Boy Scouts and UK Children's Hospital (2008).

Ford Career Statistics
Year	Position	G-GS	Rec.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Long
2005	Wide Rec.	4-0	2	10	5.0	0	6
2006	Wide Rec.	13-4	11	179	16.3	2	70
2007	Wide Rec.	13-1	7	47	6.7	0	11
Totals		30-5	20	236	11.8	2	70
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