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2021 position breakdown: Defensive line

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NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Baylor

Dec 12, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer (5) is sacked by Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive end Trace Ford (94) during the first half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Trace Ford fell to the turf at McLain Stadium as Oklahoma State took on Baylor.

The game was the final game of the regular season, and Ford tore his ACL in non-contact fashion.

Ford, a critical piece to OSU’s defensive line, lived the part prior to his injury in 2020. Ford, despite the injury, finished second on the defense in sacks with 4.5.

The Cowboys expect Ford to be ready come their first game of the 2021 season.

The Cowboys return a large portion of the defensive line from 2020, after losing Calvin Bundage and Cameron Murray to the NFL draft.

Although Murray and Bundage acccounted for the majority of the Cowboys line success, the new bodies have experience. Israel Antwine and Brock Martin have both seen large amounts of playing time on the field.

Martin should be expected to jump into a starting role opposite of Ford in OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles LEO position.

Despite losing bodies up front the Cowboys defensive line with Ford, Anwine, Martin, the possible return of Jayden Jernigan and Collin Clay is shaping up to be a star on the Cowboys defense.

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