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OSU football: Trace Ford brings Jordan Brailford-like adaptability to Cowboys

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Oklahoma State defensive end Trace Ford rushes the Oregon State quarterback during the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State football game on Friday, August 30, 2019, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Trace Ford has played in only one Oklahoma State football game, but he has shown his potential as a versatile defender.

Ford, a freshman from Edmond, made his collegiate debut in the Cowboys’ season opener victory against Oregon State on Friday. Although former OSU standout Brailford has started his NFL career with the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys have a new adaptable defensive end in Ford.

Coach Mike Gundy said Ford’s athletic skill is similar to Brailford’s.

“He moves around like Brailford does,” Gundy said. “We feel like he’s athletic enough to move around and do some things we did with Jordan.”

Although coach Gundy noted Ford doesn’t have the experience or power Brailford brought to the team during the past season, he said Ford is quicker than Brailford.  

“Trace is really fast and can cover a lot of ground once he sees what’s going on,” Gundy said. “And it seems like he processes information really quick.”

At Edmond Santa Fe High School, Ford was a four star recruit, according to 247Sports. In his first OSU game, he had a quarterback hurry and two pass breakups.

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