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OSU football: Trace Ford exceeds expectations

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles tries to balance selling points to a recruit.

He wants to convince them of their potential. But overselling it can be dangerous. The player still has to perform.

It’s what he attempted to do with Edmond Santa Fe product Trace Ford a year ago. Knowles had high expectations, but knew it could be a bit before Ford met them.

Ford ultimately exceeded them this season with 26 tackles, three sacks, an interception, seven quarterback hurries and five pass breakups as he took over a starting defensive end position as a true freshman.

“I thought his short space quickness watching him out of high school was pretty dynamic,” Knowles said. “We had high expectations for him. 

“In the back of our minds, we thought he had a real chance to be a player this year. He’s showed up, for sure.”

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Oklahoma State's Trace Ford (94) and Mike Scott (91) celebrate a sack in the first quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. OU won  34-16. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's Trace Ford (94) and Mike Scott (91) celebrate a sack in the first quarter during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. OU won 34-16. [Sarah...

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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