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Former Seahawk makes first NFL start

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Former Hilton Head Island High School star Poona Ford made his first NFL start in the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 2, and his performance earned rave reviews.

USA Today’s Seahawks Wire said Ford had a “quietly excellent” game, recording four solo tackles and a quarterback pressure in 28 snaps, while Pro Football Focus gave Ford an 89.7 grade, which was the second-highest on the Seahawks’ defense behind linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Ford returned to his reserve role for the Seahawks’ next two games but had another big day in a 26-23 loss to 49ers on Dec. 16, recording a career-high six tackles.