Carterville product Luke Ford’s first preseason camp at Georgia has hit a minor speed bump.
Ford was involved in a motorcycle accident near campus Thursday morning, according to saturdaydownsouth.com and UGASports.com. It happened just before 10:30 a.m. as Ford lost control of the motorcycle, sustaining a minor injury to his right foot, as well as road rash.
Sergeant First Class Tim Meyer of the Georgia State Patrol told UGASports.com that Ford self-reported the crash after finding an officer, who observed the injury and called an ambulance. Ford was taken to Athens Regional Hospital for treatment.
The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Ford was rated No. 42 among all high school seniors last year by Rivals.com when he signed with Georgia on December 21. He was also ranked as the top tight end nationally as well as the No. 1 player in Illinois.
Ford played just four games last year for Carterville, catching 28 passes before missing the season’s remainder with a broken collarbone. He selected Georgia over national champion Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and Illinois.
During practice on Wednesday, Ford was running with the third team at tight end, notable because the Bulldogs often use two and three-tight end sets. His position coach is Shane Beamer, the son of legendary former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.