A number of Oklahoma State fans have inquired at various outlets such as Go Pokes and on my daily radio show as to why they did not see sophomore defensive end Jordan Brailford in the 61-7 opening win over Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, especially since Brailford was listed as first team at defensive end in the opening game notes and release from Oklahoma State athletic media relations.
Brailford did not suit up on Saturday. On offense, wide receiver Chris Lacy did suit up and is listed as second team on the depth chart behind James Washington, but Lacy was held out for precautionary measures after a slight knee injury on Tuesday before the game. My first answer is not to blame the messenger because they go on what they receive from the football office. My second answer is sometimes football just doesn't want to change the names on the depth chart. It happens.
Now, as for Brailford and when he might be seen on the field, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy hinted on his weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on the Cowboys Network that it could be soon.
"He practiced today," Gundy said in answering a fan question on Brailford. "It's the first time I think he has been out there in something like three weeks. He hasn't been able to do much because he's sore, but he seemed to get quite a few reps today. I don't know if he can be ready for Saturday (against Central Michigan), but I'd like to see him out there tomorrow. We'll see if he can go tomorrow and that would be a good sign."
The 6-3, 245-pound Brailford is very quick and played a key role last season after the season-ending injury to senior Jimmy Bean. Brailford, as Gundy emphasized, had a good game in the Sugar Bowl. Last season he had 23 tackles total with 18 unassisted ands 3.5 tackles for loss. He sacked Trevone Boykin in the win over TCU.
Brailford's problem has been an unspecified leg injury and the soreness and pain has been the issue. Brailford told me last week that he hopes the treatment and laying out of practice has gone a long way toward getting back to normal and allows the pain level with the injury to be better controlled.
In a wide open blowout win last Saturday, the Cowboys played five defensive ends. Junior college transfer Tralund Webber havd three unassisted tackles and one assist, Cole Walterscheid had two unassisted tackles and a fumble caused, Jarrell Owens had one unassisted tackle and one assist, Trey Carter had an unassisted tackle, and Vili Leveni, who played both end and tackle had two assists.null