Redshirt freshman guard Cody Ford suffered a broken fibula during the first drive of Oklahoma’s Saturday loss to Ohio State. On Monday, Oklahoma announced that Ford had undergone surgery and would likely be out for the remainder of the regular season.
The freshman guard started all three games for the Sooners in 2016 before going down with the injury on Saturday. During his redshirt year, he was named as the Oklahoma scout team Offensive Player of the Year after arriving on campus as the No. 59 offensive tackle in his recruiting class.
After Ford went down, starting center Jonathan Alvarez slid over to his vacated spot at guard and senior Erick Wren took over at center.
With their 45-24 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, Oklahoma fell to 1-2 on the season and dropped to No. 25 in the latest AP poll. They were previously ranked at No. 14 in both the AP and Coaches polls. They fell out of the top 25 in the latter following their latest loss.
The Sooners’ two losses came against ranked teams with their first loss coming in Week 1 against the Houston Cougars. Oklahoma has a week off before taking on TCU in their Big 12 conference-opener. With only two currently ranked teams remaining on their schedule, No. 21 Texas and No. 16 Baylor, the path for the Sooners seems to get easier in conference play after setting an especially difficult non-conference schedule
Oklahoma is led by junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, who struggled in the team’s loss to Ohio State. In the loss, he completed only 53.1 percent of his passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions.