He was the betting favourite going into the 2021 season, and Tre Ford delivered.
The Waterloo Warriors quarterback was formally honoured with his second OUA MVP award in four years, after a phenomenal final year in the black and gold.
Ford finished first in the OUA in major categories (10 touchdowns, 1,465 passing yards, 244.2 passing yards per game), not to mention he was among the league leaders in rushing categories.
He was third in the OUA with 629 rushing yards, 104.8 rushing yards a game and first with 10.7 yards gained per carry.
"I just want to thank the OUA, and all the coaches for selecting me," he said. "I'd also like to thank the Waterloo Warriors coaches personally ... for giving me a great five years, and for (Warriors coach Chris Bertoia) on taking a chance with me for playing quarterback."
In his acceptance speech, he also thanked family, his fiance, fans and OUA players for being great competitors, including his brother Tyrell for pushing him in practice.
"A big shout out to the O-line for protecting me all season," he said.
Ford goes into the 2022 CFL Draft on a high, the ninth ranked player in the 2021 fall rankings by the CFL Scouting Bureau, and top ranked QB on that list.
Waterloo finished 3-3 on the regular season and lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Western Mustangs.
Ford will be the OUA's nominee for the Hec Crighton Award, given to the most outstanding Canadian football player in U Sports.