Played in 37 games with five starts ... Finished career with 14 total touchdowns (13 rushing, 1 receiving) ... Had 1,392 rushing yards and eight catches for 69 yards ... Emerged as one of the top kickoff return threats in the SEC as a junior with a 27.5 average on 20 returns (549 yards) ... Opted to depart LSU with one year of eligibility remaining ... Invited to 2013 NFL Combine.
Played in 13 games with no starts ... Finished third on team with 392 rushing yards to go with three touchdowns ... Led Tigers and ranked second in the SEC in kickoff returns with 549 yards and 20 returns for a 27.5 average ... Had four kickoff returns of 40 yards or longer, including an 86-yard return that setup a touchdown vs. Arkansas ... Returned a kickoff 48 yards vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Had a 42-yard return vs. Idaho and a 41-yarder vs. Mississippi State ... Had season-best 120 all-purpose yards in win over Mississippi State (99 kickoff return, 27 receiving, 5 rushing) ... Rushed for season-best 78 yards and a TD in road win over Texas A&M ... Scored LSU's first touchdown against the Aggies on a 20-yard run late in the second quarter to pull the Tigers to within 12-7 ... Led the team with 11 carries for 76 yards and one TD against Towson ... Scored LSU's lone touchdown in the victory at Auburn on a one-yard run and finished the game with 41 yards on eight carries ... Returned kickoffs for the first time in his career against Idaho and finished with three returns for 99 yards, including the 42-yarder ... Picked up 50 yards rushing on eight carries against North Texas .
Played in all 14 games with starts against Northwestern State, Georgia and Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game ... Led the team in rushing yards with 756 ... Produced seven rushing touchdowns, tied for second on the team with Alfred Blue ... Tallied a career-high 96 yards rushing two times - against Oregon and Arkansas ... Posted a career-long 49-yard run versus Arkansas ... Led the team in rushing in three games in 2011: vs. Northwestern State (72 yards), vs. Auburn (82 yards) and at Alabama (72 yards) ... Scored two rushing touchdowns each against Oregon, Northwestern State and West Virginia ... Became the first LSU player with six TDs through the first four games of a season since Charles Scott in 2008 ... Rolled to a career night against Oregon with career highs in rushing yards (96) and carries (14), and he tied his career best with two rushing touchdowns ... Received recognition in Bruce Feldman's ESPN.com "Top Workout Warriors" in June 2010 and once again in the summer of 2011 ... Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated following win vs. Oregon.
Played in 10 games and rushed 41 times for 235 yards and three touchdowns ... Started the Arkansas and ULM contests ... Made the second catch of his career and took it 27 yards for a TD against Ole Miss and also carried nine times for 58 yards ... Rushed for his third career TD and finished with six carries for 16 yards versus ULM ... Was outstanding against McNeese State as the team's leading rusher with 86 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including a season-long 36-yard TD run.
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2009.
One of the nation's top running back prospects for the Class of 2009 ... Named to the Parade Magazine All-America team and was a second-team All-USA selection by USA Today ... Proved to be nearly unstoppable during his senior season at Leesville High School while rushing for 2,953 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to a first-team 4A all-state selection in 2008 ... Wrapped up the regular season with an impressive 443-yard, six-touchdown performance against Tioga ... Led his team to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs in 2008 ... In his final high school game in a playoff loss to Zachary, rushed 39 times for 299 yards and 3 TDs ... Capped senior season with nine games of 200-yards or better and finished career with 20 straight 100-yard games, a streak that dated back to 2006 ... Broke Leesville rushing record as a senior with 2,447 yards, topping the previous mark of 2,143 set by former LSU standout Cecil Collins in 1994 ... Honored for his performance by being invited to participate in the Hawaii Prep Football Classic in December ... Recognized as one of the nation's top young backs after rushing for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006 ... Rushed for 567 yards in four games as a junior in 2007 before breaking his collarbone just three games into the season ... Rated as the #17 overall player by Scout.com ... A member of The Advocate Super Dozen, New Orleans Times-Picayune's Blue Chip List, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep ... The nation's No. 3 running back prospect by Scout.com ... Also ranked No. 7 nationally at his position by both ESPN and Rivals.com ... Coached by Terence Williams.
Full name is Michael Deshown Ford ... Goes by Michael ... Nickname is Shug ... Born May 27, 1990, in Leesville, La. ... Parents are Frank and Tanny Ford ... Has two brothers - Frank and Justin ... Majoring in general studies with concentrations in communication studies, leadership development and sports studies.