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Jordan Brailford Stars in East-West Shrine Game, Cornelius Struggles

Two former Pokes got a chance to improve their draft stock on Saturday.

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A healthy Jordan Brailford is a dangerous Jordan Brailford, as Oklahoma State fans learned this season.

The West side of the East-West Shrine Game learned that lesson the hard way on Saturday.

Brailford, who starred for the East side in the game — which went the West’s direction in a 21-17 final tally — played both end positions in a down front for the East team, and made good on his opportunities. In a play early in the game, Brailford channeled his early senior season production by bringing down former Boise State QB Brett Rypien with force in a come-from-behind sack, replete with a beautiful spin move to free himself up.

Brailford’s teammate on offense, quarterback Taylor Cornelius, drew rave reviews leading up to the game with strong practices. But under the lights, he struggled mightily, going 4-of-7 for 28 yards, including two interceptions — nearly three — and one fumble in limited snaps.

The East-West Shrine game isn’t going to make or break Brailford or Corndog’s NFL Draft stock, but it’s a missed opportunity for the fifth-year QB needing some momentum to live up to the practice hype. For Brailford, it’s a huge boost proving that he could be a mid-round sleeper off the edge in a draft filled with elite edge rushers.

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