Just days after wow’ing scouts at the CFL National Combine in Toronto, University of Waterloo quarterback Tre Ford has just barely missed the podium at the U Sports National Track & Field Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Competing in the 60-metre final, Ford finished fifth with a time of 6.85 seconds. Nigerian Usheoritse Itsekiri claimed the gold medal for the University of Regina with a time of 6.66 seconds, while Ford’s Warriors football teammate Immanuel Onyemah claimed silver and Jordan Soufi of the University of Manitoba rounded out the podium.
Ford had appeared to medal in the same event at the OUA Championships earlier this month, but was disqualified from the race after further review. He qualified for the national competition regardless thanks to an earlier time.
Ford has been garnering significant NFL interest since an appearance at the University at Buffalo pro day on March 17 where he recorded a 4.45-second forty-yard dash in front of representatives from 25 professional teams. The quarterback recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and a ten-foot, five-inch broad jump, backing up his performance with a stellar CFL Combine last weekend where he put up 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.
The five-foot-11, 200-pound quarterback had his best U Sports season in 2018 when he threw for 2,822 yards with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing 74 times for 641 yards and two touchdowns in eight regular season games. He was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2021 as the top player in U Sports football after throwing for 1,770 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 667 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.
According to a report from 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, 24 different NFL teams have inquired to Waterloo head coach Chris Bertoia regarding his dynamic dual-threat pivot. Ford was ranked as the sixth best prospect on the CFL’s Winter Scouting Bureau rankings and some feel he has an outside shot at being selected late in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Five different Canadian quarterbacks have been drafted by NFL teams but Daniel Feraday is the only one to be selected out of U Sports. The University of Toronto product was a twelfth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1982. Western pivot Jamie Bone was also signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1980.