Ford is up against Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys) and Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors).
“It’s really nice to be recognised, especially amongst the other players,” he said.
Visit www.lv.co.uk/rugby to cast your vote. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday (March 11).
The winner of the award, which is designed to recognise a young player who has stood out in the 2011-12 competition, will be announced on Tuesday, March 13.
He will receive a Tag-Heuer watch, £1,000 donated to the local grassroots club of their choice and the LV= Breakthrough Player trophy.
The LV= Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with Tigers travelling to The Recreation Ground to face Bath Rugby. Northampton Saints and Scarlets contest the other semi-final on Sunday.
The final will be held at Sixways, Worcester on Sunday, March 18. Secure two tickets for just £20 with a 2-for-1 offer on the first 1,000 tickets. Book now at 01905 454183 or www.warriors.co.uk