GCCC's Ford, Cutts selected as first team NJCAA All-American

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Garden City Community College running back Jordan Ford, left, breaks through an attempted tackle by Arkansas Baptist's Jordan Oglesby and picks up 30 yards on a carry in March at Bronbuster Stadium.

More postseason hardware has arrived for Garden City Community College football program.

On Tuesday, running back Jordan Ford, defensive end Raymond Cutts, and defensive backs Keylon Kennedy and Jonathan Huggins were named to the NJCAA All-America teams.

"Those guys were the foundation for what we accomplished during a pretty crazy spring," Head Coach Tom Minnick said. "It was a major loss when Jonathan went down for the season. He was the leader of our defense."

JORDAN FORD

Running Back

First Team - Offense

Ford became just the fifth back in program history to win the rushing title, joining Charles West (2018), Dwayne Crutchfield (1979), and Clyde Russell (1971 and 1972). He totaled 1,039 yards while scoring a nation leading 12 touchdowns. He averaged 5.8 yards per tote and posted five 100-yard rushing games including a career-best 222 verses Butler in the regular-season finale. He began the spring with three straight games eclipsing the century mark on the ground. More impressively, the sophomore had 179 carries without a fumble.

RAYMOND CUTTS

Defensive End

First Team - Defense

Cutts started seven of eight games during the spring season, finishing with a team-best 4.5 sacks including a season-high 1.5 in a 20-0 win over Coffeyville on May 15. He was sixth in the nation in quarterback takedowns. The transfer from the University of Central Florida also posted 32 tackles, tallying seven in a 14-10, come-from-behind victory over Independence on April 17.

JONATHAN HUGGINS

Defensive Back

Second Team - Defense

Huggins surely would have garnered first-team consideration if not for a season-ending arm injury, which he suffered in the second half of the Independence game. But up until that point, the University of Florida transfer was Jerry Dominguez's best defensive player. He posted 24 tackles, eight for loss, forced one fumble and snagged one interception in a half season's worth of work. In fact, in the game where he got hurt, the sophomore had a season-best eight stops.

The fact that Huggins played in only four games and still earned All-American status is an unbelievable accomplishment.

KEYLON KENNEDY

Defensive Back

Second Team - Defense

The term shutdown corner may be the most overused term in football. But if ever there was one in Junior College football in 2021 it was Kennedy, who made opposing quarterbacks think twice before firing it to his side of the field. Now, the Fort Hays State transfer's numbers won't jump off the page (15 tackles), but defensive backs are rarely judged on numbers alone. Kennedy was no exception. The sophomore had one interception, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles, one of which was arguably the play of the year where he chased down Scotties' wide receiver Raequan Prince in the third quarter of Garden City's 58-0 blowout win over Highland on April 10.