Friday Q&A: Will Ford start?

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1) Will Isaiah Ford start over Demitri Knowles?

Chris Coleman: At this point I would be surprised if he doesn’t. We’ve heard a lot of good things about Ford over the last several weeks. He is simply a more talented player than Knowles. Remember last season when Knowles was outmuscled for the football by every corner he faced, including that 1-AA Western Carolina corner? Well, stuff like that doesn’t happen to Isaiah Ford. In fact, he beats All-Americans like Kendall Fuller for the football. Click here to see an impressive video.

I think Ford is Tech’s #2 outside receiver right now, with Joshua Stanford being #1. I think Willie Byrn will hold up as Tech’s top slot receiver, though he is being pushed by Cam Phillips (6-1, 190, Fr.), and Phillips can also line up on the outside. Here’s how I think the top four stack up right now:

1: Joshua Stanford (6-1, 200, r-So.)
2: Isaiah Ford (6-1, 174, Fr.)
3: Willie Byrn (5-11, 187, r-Sr.)
4: Cam Phillips (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Beyond those guys, there are several players fighting for spots #5 and #6 on the depth chart. They are:

Carlis Parker (6-4, 188, So.)
Demitri Knowles (6-1, 178, r-So.)
Charley Meyer (6-1, 211, r-So.)
Deon Newsome (5-11, 186, r-Fr.)
Kevin Asante (6-0, 185, r-Jr.)

We haven’t heard much out of Carlis Parker since practice began, and quite frankly I hope Virginia Tech redshirts him. He was a raw project when he enrolled, yet he still had to play as a true freshman.