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Navy football player Ford Higgins will also play lacrosse this year

Ford Higgins was named to the AP’s All-Bowl team and started every game for the Mids at center this season. In high school, he was a star lacrosse player.

Navy senior center Ford Higgins stands on the bench and whips a towel around prior to the start of the 2019 Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Ford Higgins was a dominant force for the Navy Midshipmen’s football team this past season.

A starter in all 13 games at center, the senior helped the Mids’ capture the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, a bowl win over Kansas State and a No. 20 ranking in the final AP Poll. He was also named to the AP’s All-Bowl team.

But he’s not done playing for Navy.

This spring, the Norcross, Ga. native is swapping in his football pads for a lacrosse stick.

Indeed, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Higgins will suit up for the Mids’ men’s lacrosse team this season, playing as an attackman. He’s looking to beat Army one more time and run over any defensemen that stand in his way.

To be clear, this is no gimmick. Higgins can really play.

According to MaxPreps, he had 71 goals and 29 assists in 20 games as a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian. Here’s highlights from his senior season:

Higgins is a lefty finisher and set records for most goals and points scored in a season at GAC. He was also a captain as a senior and led his team to the state playoffs.

“Ford is, hands down, my favorite player I’ve ever coached,” Higgins’ high school coach Scott Ratliff told “He was so good at lacrosse, and I’ve never had a player bring so much positive energy to practice every single day.”

Higgins was a captain for Navy’s football team this past season too. With him at center, the Mids’ went 11-2. Higgins helped pave the way for Malcolm Perry’s record-setting season, as the senior quarterback scampered for 2,017 yards, the most an FBS QB has ever rushed for in a single season.

We won’t have to wait long to see what Higgins can do for the Mids’ men’s lacrosse team. Navy begins its 2020 regular season at home on Feb. 7 vs. Manhattan under first-year head coach Joe Amplo.