SUMMARY: A four-year defensive lineman who appeared in 46 career games with 30 starts … named Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017 ... also a first team All-Big 12 selection in 2017 by both the coaches and Associated Press ... named a Blanchard-Rogers Award finalist ... named preseason All-Big 12 by the league's media and Athlon Sports in 2017 ... also on the Senior Bowl watch list ... named second team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com in 2016 ... also named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league’s coaches ... two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (fall 2014; spring 2017) … participated in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … tabbed first-team statewide All-State in 2013.
2017 (SENIOR): Named Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year and a first team All-Big 12 selection ... elected as a team captain prior to the season ... played in and started all 13 games ... finished the season with 34 tackles, eight tackles flor loss, 1.5 sacks, and one pass breakup, QB hurry, forced fumble and blocked field goal ... named a Blanchard-Rogers Award finalist, given to the nation's best player with ties to South Carolina ... started the season opener against Maryland and totaled three tackles ... blocked a Terrapins' field goal, his third career blocked kick, that was returned by Holton Hill 65 yards for a touchdown ... it was Texas' first blocked FG return for a TD since 2002 (188 games ago) ... had one tackle and one pass breakup in a 56-0 win over San Jose State in week two ... critical component in holding SJSU to 42 rushing yards, the fewest allowed in nearly three seasons ... had four tackles (three solo) in an impressive defensive effort against No. 4/4 USC in a double-overtime loss ... helped clear the way for nine tackles for loss ... defense held USC's potent rushing attack to just 71 yards and 1.9 yards per carry ... had two tackles and two knockbacks in the Longhorns' 17-7 win at Iowa State to begin Big 12 play ... held the ISU rushing attack to 10 yards on 15 carries (0.5 ypc) ... had one tackle, but five additional knockbacks, in UT's double-overtime win against Kansas State ... had one tackle in the AT&T Red River Showdown against Oklahoma ... totaled four tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss against No. 10/11 Oklahoma State ... also forced a fumble in the red zone which was recovered by Texas and led the a Longhorns' touchdown ... also had two knockbacks and three 2-for-1s ... helped lead a dominant Longhorn defensive effort as UT held Oklahoma State 35 points and 182.7 yards below its season averages in an overtime loss ... made just one tackle but had several knockbacks and was an integral part of the UT defense holding Baylor to just 31 rushing yards on 37 attempts ... started at nose tackle against No. 10/12 TCU and had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack as the UT defense held the Horned Frogs well below their season averages in both total yards and points ... had two tackles for loss and two knockbacks in a 42-27 win against Kansas ... continued to be disruptive as the Longhorns defeated No. 24/25 West Virginia to gain bowl eligibility ... had one tackle, but was integral in holding WVU to just 56 rushing yards, 295 total yards and just seven offensive points in UT's 28-14 win ... had three tackles, two for loss, and a sack against Texas Tech on Senior Night ... led a strong defensive effort in a 33-16 victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl, totaling four tackles and disrupting the middle all game long.
2016 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... was fourth on the team with 54 tackles (40 solo) ... had 5.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries ... had one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two blocked PATs ... named second team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com ... garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 by league’s coaches ... started at defensive tackle against Notre Dame in the season opener ... had five tackles (three solo, two assisted) in the win ... had six tackles in a week two win over UTEP and matched his career-high with 1.5 tackles for loss ... recorded two tackles versus California ... picked up his fourth consecutive start against Oklahoma State ... had three tackles (two solo) and a tackle for loss ... also blocked an extra point in the game - the Longhorns first blocked PAT since the 2013 season ... started against OU with six total tackles (four solo, two assist) ... also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... started against Iowa State and had 4 tackles, including one for a loss of 1 yard ... led the team with eight tackles at Kansas State ... added a tackle for loss ... had five tackles against Baylor ... started in the game against Texas Tech and had three total tackles, one solo and two assists ... also had one block and on quarterback hurry ... had five tackles against West Virginia, four solo and one assist ... also had one tackle for a loss of three yards ... had four solo tackles against Kansas ... totaled three tackles (all solo) and a quarterback hurry against TCU.
2015 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games with five starts (Notre Dame, Rice, Cal, Iowa State, Baylor) … named to the ESPN.com Big 12 Underclassman Team … ranked seventh on the team in TFL (six) and eighth in tackles (39), while adding 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one pressure and one PBD … set a season high with eight tackles (five solo), including one TFL against Rice … secured three tackles with one TFL versus Cal … posted four tackles with 1.5 TFL against Oklahoma State … notched two tackles and one PBD at TCU … set a season high with 1.5 sacks, including half of one on Oklahoma’s final offensive play to help seal the game, as part of three tackles … posted three tackles against Kansas State … set a season high with seven tackles at Iowa State … registered two tackles and one sack versus Kansas … made one tackle at West Virginia … tallied six tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pressure at Baylor … the forced fumble and recovery came on the Bears’ second to last possession with 2:31 remaining to help secure a six-point win.
2014 (FRESHMAN): Played in nine games as a reserve defensive tackle … did not see action vs. North Texas, BYU, UCLA and Oklahoma … saw his first collegiate action against Kansas … recorded two tackles, including one for a loss, against Baylor … made two stops against Iowa State … had two tackles against Texas Tech … recorded one stop against Oklahoma State … made one tackle against TCU … had one stop against Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.
Coached by B.J. Payne at Hilton Head High School in South Carolina … named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Area by the Beaufort Gazette … chosen first-team All-Lowcountry by the Charleston Post and Courier … named a Top 50 recruit in the Carolinas by the Charlotte Observer … ranked No. 266 overall and the No. 22 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN … No. 19 DT nationally and No. 7 player in South Carolina by 247Sports … No. 24 DT nationally and No. 11 player in S.C. by Rivals … No. 24 DT in the nation by Scout … posted 135 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss and seven sacks, 17 pressures and two forced fumbles as a senior … also had 34 carries for 155 rush yards and seven TDs and played on special teams … led a defense that improved its scoring average by double digits from 2012 to 2013 … helped Hilton Head to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the 3A playoffs in 2013 … the seven wins were the most for Hilton Head since 2008 … tabbed first-team All-Area by the Beaufort Gazette in 2012 … recorded 154 tackles, including 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, as a junior … helped Hilton Head to a 6-6-1 record and an appearance in the 3A playoffs in 2012.
PERSONAL: Kaylon Ford took on the nickname of Poona when his grandmother began calling him Pooh as a child; it grew into Poona and the name stuck ... two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.