Oklahoma Sooners offensive lineman Cody Ford was carted off the field less than three minutes into Saturday night’s home game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The start of the game was delayed by lightning in the area, and Ford suffered the injury on the first drive of the game. As he was taken off the field, he was able to wave to the crowd for reassurance.
The starting left guard is a redshirt freshman from Pineville, Louisiana. A former three-star recruit in Oklahoma’s 2015 recruiting class, Ford redshirted last season, but was named the scout’s team Offensive Player of the Year.
Standing 6’3″ and weighing in at 327 pounds, Ford had plenty of offers to choose from, selecting the Sooners over other Power 5 schools such as: LSU, TCU, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, and Arkansas. He was apart of the class that ranked in the Top 15 in the country and was good for second in the Big 12.
Having been carted off the field, it appears unlikely Ford would return to the game. His back-up is sophomore Ben Powers, who would take over his position on the Oklahoma offensive line for the team’s high-octane offensive assault.
The Sooners have put themselves in a precarious position when it comes to the College Football Playoff due to their opening week loss against the Houston Cougars. While a loss against Ohio State on Saturday would not eliminate them per se with the Big 12 schedule still on the horizon, no two-loss team has made the four-team Playoff since it’s creation.