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Trace Ford’s Quick First Step Is Back, Martin Says

When Oklahoma State hosts Central Michigan on Sept. 1, it will have been 629 days since Trace Ford recorded a tackle.

Entering his redshirt junior season after a series of knee injuries, Ford made an instant impact when he stepped on campus in 2019, recording 29 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble as a true freshman. He had another 4.5 sacks as a sophomore before getting injured against Baylor in 2020 in Waco, and he hasn’t played since.

Ford was limited in spring ball, but OSU coach Mike Gundy said Ford should be “full speed” by fall camp, which starts Aug.