The Virginia Tech Hokies are only 2-2, but that is not because of an offense that has had a very good start even with Michael Brewer playing less than three quarters due to injury. The Hokies’ offense has put up over 400 total yards of offense in three straight weeks, and will look to continue that throughout ACC play.
The offense has been a bright spot, and arguably the best player on the offense so far has been sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford.
Ford has avoided a sophomore slump, and instead looks like he could even potentially end up being an All-ACC First Team wide receiver with the way he’s playing so far. Ford has put up some very strong numbers in the first four games with 22 receptions for 361 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.
After having 8 catches for 95 yards against East Carolina, Ford became the fastest wide receiver in Virginia Tech history to reach 1,000 receiving yards. So far, Ford is on pace to break Virginia Tech single-season records for receptions and receiving yards, which definitely seem in reach.
Isaiah Ford and teammate Cam Phillips are two of the hardest workers for the Hokies, and it has shown with Ford’s impressive start earning him a spot on the updated Biletnikoff Award watch list. With the way Ford is playing, no one should be surprised if he stays in the hunt for the Biletnikoff Award for a while.
Ford has never had elite speed, but he is a very good route-runner that plays physical and tough to go with having solid speed. Ford knows how to use his body and athleticism to create windows to make a clean catch or make some great catches on jump balls.
Ford has some of the best hands in college football, and rarely seems to have a drop on any pass that seems to be one he can reasonably catch. Ford’s vertical makes him someone that can be dangerous in man coverage on longer routes, which Brenden Motley has taken advantage of a couple of times this season.
Ford is already showing that he has the potential to go down as one of the best Virginia Tech wide receivers of all-time alongside players like Carroll Dale, Ernest Wilford, Antonio Freeman, and Jarrett Boykin. Ford and Cam Phillips also are forming one of the best duo of Virginia Tech wide receivers that can end up on the same level as Boykin and Danny Coale.
Isaiah Ford has avoided a sophomore slump, and taken his game to the next level as one of the top wide receivers in ACC, and most underrated power 5 conference wide receivers across the country.