Trace Ford, a redshirt junior defensive end for Oklahoma State, entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal after a 7-5 regular season in Stillwater.
Now, just over three weeks after entering his name into the portal, the standout defensive end out of Edmond, Oklahoma, has announced his destination. Unfortunately for Pokes’ fans, it’s the last place they’d hoped he’d end up.
On Wednesday, Trace Ford announced via Twitter that he will be staying in the state of Oklahoma, but will be donning the Sooners’ Crimson and Cream next season.
When he has been on the field, Ford was one of the best players along Oklahoma State’s defensive front. Over 1,139 snaps in Stillwater, according to PFF, Ford totaled 59 total tackles, 8.5 quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles, 14 passes defended, and one interception.
However, Ford’s biggest issue has been staying on the field, as injuries have plagued his young career. The 6-3, 240-pound pass rusher has had two ACL injuries in his career, one of which forced him to redshirt in 2021. Because of that, he will have two seasons of eligibility left when he arrives in Norman.
Adding a major piece like Ford to the defensive line will be massive for the Sooners, and he will join Notre Dame transfer DL Jacob Lacey and probably another name or two out of the transfer portal before all is said and done. Oklahoma will retool and try to improve in year two under Brent Venables after going just 6-6 in the regular season in 2022.
Oklahoma will take on Florida State on Thursday in the Cheez-It Bowl, where the Sooners are currently 9.5-point underdogs.