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Star OSU Defender Trace Ford Suffers Apparent Knee Injury vs. Baylor

Ford went down in the first half and didn’t return in the second half.

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Oklahoma State is on its way to a rout of shorthanded Baylor in Waco, but it may come at a steep cost. Just before halftime with the Pokes up 28-0, star defender Trace Ford, a sophomore who has emerged as an irreplaceable force rushing the quarterback off the edge, suffered an apparent knee injury.

Ford went down in a heap on the field and was tended to by trainers as he grimaced in pain. OSU coach Mike Gundy came to check on the health of his star player as well, and it appears as if he expressed concern about his ACL after quickly assessing the situation.

Losing Ford to an ACL injury would be a devastating blow for OSU’s defense. He’s recorded 3.5 sacks on the season, forced a fumble, and had four pass deflections in a true breakout sophomore season. It’d be a huge hit for Ford personally, too, as he’s emerged as a very legitimate NFL prospect. He is eligible to enter the draft at the conclusion of next season.

“The kid is a physical specimen with unbelievable short-space quickness and a great first step,” said OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles of Ford before the season. “I think he’s a real All-American prospect. He’s got a bright future, and he’s bigger and stronger.”

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