New number for Dee Ford

*Courtesy Auburn Media Relations*

AUBURN, Ala. -- You may have to look twice on opening night to recognize Auburn defensive end Dee Ford. He has switched from No. 95, a traditional number for a D-end, to No. 30.

Is he a wannabe running back? No, just a defensive end looking for an edge.

"It was more a psychological thing," Ford says.

Ford says 30 was the number he wore at St. Clair County High School when he first made an impact.

"I was the guy to lead the team. Whatever I did, it would affect the whole team, negatively or positively," he said. "I was 'that' guy. I've kind of become that guy now. Rather that have 95 -- he was more of a role player, a guy who made a few plays -- now I'm trying to make that transition to be the guy I was in high school.

"You're a new guy now, and everything you do will affect the team positively and negatively."

Ford is one of Auburn's most heralded players heading into the Aug. 31 opener against Washington State. He was named to second-team All-SEC by the media.


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