On Monday evening, Matt Zenitz of On3 announced that former Penn State running back Devyn Ford officially entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ford stepped away from the Penn State football team on October 1st.
The Penn State community never received clarification on why Ford left the team, but many of us knew his playing days were far from over.
Last season, he was primarily used as a receiving back as he tallied 5 catches for 31 yards. He also had 7 rushes for 32 yards against Auburn in 2022.
He was most productive as a freshman in 2019 when he had a career-high 294 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns that season. Who can forget this career-long 81-yard rushing touchdown against Idaho that season?
Ford, a former 4-star recruit in the 2019 class is from Stafford, Virginia. Being from Virginia makes you assume that he will take a look at Virginia Tech with former Penn State football defensive coordinator Brent Pry; or at Old Dominion where former Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne is now the head coach.
We just saw offensive tackle Jimmy Christ enter the transfer portal and commit to the University of Virginia within a matter of days, so there are many options on the table for Ford.
Unfortunately for Ford, he never won the position as a full-time starter with the Penn State football team. He sat behind Noah Cain, Keyvone Lee, Nick Singleton, and Kaytron Allen over the years. I would expect him to go to a school where he is the lead back. Even if that means he goes to a smaller school, at this point you want to see Ford get as many carries as possible if he has aspirations of playing in the NFL.
He was a special player, coaches and players loved to be around him, and I am sad to see him go. But, we all know Penn State forever… Thank you for your time with the Penn State football team, Devyn!