He fumbled against Texas and again against Kansas and then didn't touch the ball until the Sugar Bowl. If Sooner coaches are convinced Ford can hold on to the ball, he'll likely be the No. 1 running back this season.
Ford had 23 carries for 134 yards and averaged more than 5 yards per carry. The 5-foot-11, 206-pound running back is the kind of runner who looks for contact. In that regard, OU hasn't had a runner like Ford since Adrian Peterson.
Like Ford, Ross also suffered from a lack of trust from the coaching staff. He picked up a personal foul penalty in the first game of the season and had just two carries the rest of the year. This season, things could be a lot different for the 6-1, 221-pounder from Jenks, Okla.
Ross is big and is fast and the best thing going for him is there is no one established in front of him on the roster.