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Jason Ford Excites Illini Fans In Win

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Coach Ron Zook said the 2008 Fighting Illini would use running backs "by committee" to replace departed All-American Rashard Mendenhall. Four backs are competing for playing time, and each has made contributions this year. The Indiana game was freshman Jason Ford's coming out party.

Jason Ford was a four year standout at Belleville Althoff and produced a St. Louis metro area career yardage record while scoring 75 touchdowns. Scout rated him among the top 60 backs nationally and a member of the Midwest Hot 100 list. Since fellow rookie Mikel LeShoure enrolled last winter, Ford was behind Mikel, Daniel Dufrene and Troy Pollard entering fall drills. "I just had to get used...

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