Oklahoma Lands Oklahoma State DE Transfer

Oklahoma Lands Oklahoma State DE Transfer

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Oklahoma’s defensive end added another piece to its 2023 transfer portal puzzle. Trace Ford He announced his commitment to playing for his old Bedlam rival.

Ford, who was a first-team All State player at Edmond Santa Fe High school, initially chose OSU over offers form Arkansas, Baylor and Florida State, Missouri, Oregon Missouri, Utah, Washington State, and others. However, he was not offered a scholarship by the Sooners’ previous coaching staff.

Brent Venables His staff has rectified this.

Ford, a junior defensive lineman at OSU, redshirted the 2021 seasons after missing the entire year with a second ACL Injury. He will still be eligible for two years.

Ford, who is 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds, was awarded honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades in 2020 & 2019. Ford was a Stillwater freshman when he was named the Russell Okung Award winner for the team’s outstanding newcomer.

Ford, who was still recovering from injuries throughout 2022, played in nine games as an undergrad and logged 265 defensive snaps until a knee injury ended his season early in November.

According to Pro Football Focus, he was rated at 57.2 percent overall, but that included a remarkable 70.8 percent in pass rush situations. Pro Football Focus ranked sixth on this team. His pass rush grade was 61.9 in 2019 and 69.6 for 2020.

He finished his OSU career completing 59 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 8.5 quarterback sacks. He also had 14 passes defensed and an intercept.

Ford played 486 snaps in his first season as a true freshman, and 388 as an sophomore. He also played 1,139 career snaps for the Cowboys, according to PFF. His nine quarterback hurries in 2019 were the second-highest single season mark in school history.

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Venables spoke Wednesday about the need to replace six interior linemen and nine front-line personnel after graduation, NFL and portal departures. Ford, an OU edge defender, fits the profile well.

Venables stated, “That’s a lot of guys all at once on the defensive line.”

Ford joins Notre Dame transfer Jacob LaceyVenables stated that Venables will likely play on Venables’ interior as well as the experienced newcomers to the OU’s defensive front.

Venables stated, “Jacob is a guy that we really enjoy being here at midyear.”

Ford was also a great player on OSU’s special teams. He played 40 snaps as a true freshman, 65 as an sophomore, and 48 as a senior. The last produced a team-leading 91.6 on punt returns and field goal block units. He also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in September against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Ford was a Santa Fe team captain and made the honor roll. He was widely recognized as one the top five prospects in Oklahoma as a senior.

But Lincoln Riley And Alex Grinch Ford didn’t show enough interest in Ford to offer him a scholarship. Instead, he had some of his best collegiate matches against the Sooners, including a 2019 sack, a season-high of four tackles in 2020 and 1.5 tackles for loss. Due to injury, he missed the 2022 Bedlam match.

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