Niagara Falls QB honoured as U SPORTS all-Canadian

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Published December 2, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Tre Ford, of Niagara Falls, is a finalist for the U Sports football player of the year award. (Ontario University Athletics photo)

Tre Ford, the quarterback from Niagara Falls who has been a human adrenalin shot for the Waterloo Warriors football program in recent years, was named a U SPORTS all-Canadian on Thursday.

Ford, one of the top passers and rushers in Canadian university football over the last four seasons, is also the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) nominee for the Hec Crighton Trophy, which goes to the country’s outstanding player. He could potentially become the first Black quarterback to win the award, which will be handed out on Thursday night.

The other three finalists are Calgary wide receiver Tyson Philpot, Concordia quarterback Olivier Roy and St. Francis Xavier QB Silas Fagnan. Ford was also the OUA’s nominee in 2018, when the Hec went to Calgary QB Adam Sinagra.

No Waterloo player has ever won the award. Ford is also the first OUA player to be the conference’s rookie of the year and a two-time MVP in the course of just four seasons.

Ford’s twin, Tyrell Ford, a cornerback for Waterloo, earned second-team all-Canadian accolades. Fellow Niagara Falls native Anthony Federico, a defensive end for the Queen’s Gaels, was also selected to the second team.

After a season off from football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tre Ford picked up where he had left off, producing nearly 350 yards total offence per game to lead Waterloo to a playoff berth in the ultra-competitive OUA West division. Ford led OUA in passing yards per game (244.2), illustrating why his skills as a passer have piqued the Canadian Football League’s interest. As a rusher, he was third overall in the league and led the nation with 10.7 yards per attempt.

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