Covid 19- to Cover 2, ODU Football CB Kaleb Ford-Dement
Junior Cornerback, Kaleb Ford-Dement of the ODU football team and is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and what the Monarch’s football team is doing with the absence of football. “I’m taking the time to get my shoulder right while all of us are getting cleared to get back into the gym”. It’s clear that newly arrived Head Coach Ricky Rahne has already begun implementing his philosophy of team and family. “Coach Rahne has a great plan and we’re ready to follow”. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted so many people and the team is doing whatever they need to do to stay safe and prepare for when they could get back on the playing field.
Kaleb’s numbers were remarkable last year in which he had 13 pass breakups, a single season record for ODU. He also finished the season with two interceptions and 26 tackles. “There is definitely room for improvement, I watched tape and saw how many passes that I should have caught for interceptions”. Kaleb’s motivation doesn’t only go as far as the football field but also translates into the classroom. Kaleb is double majoring in sociology and criminal justice and looks to attend law school upon graduation. Incredible aspirations from the lock down cornerback for our Monarchs. In July, Kaleb’s incredible play earned him a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. The prestigious award is given to the top defensive back in the country.
When Kaleb isn’t breaking up passes on the field, he’s looking to improve on his craft or checking out Lin’s Garden Chinese Restaurant to gratify his hunger. This player thrives for the moment as he relished the opportunity when visiting UVA last year on national television. “The grass was incredible and it was such a great experience”, a memory that will follow Kaleb forever. We want to wish #22 a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him and the ODU football team back out there.