During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners roster, starting with Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 74 – OG Cody Ford (6-foot-3, 317 pounds)
Redshirt in his first year on campus
What happened last year: Ford got on to campus and some perceived him to be just another warm body on the offensive line. During the course of his redshirt season, Ford moved up the depth chart quickly, and thanks to a little bit of injury, he became the top guard on the offensive line heading into the 2017 season.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 6. There’s a long line of capable offensive guards behind Ford, but he’s the best of the bunch right now. Even with that in mind, Ford will be counted on to start – hopefully for Oklahoma – all 13 games this season. There’s no reason to think he can’t be the current and long-term answer at left guard for the Sooners. He’ll have Orlando Brown to one side and Jonathan Alvarez on the other. That’s two players who have been through exactly what he’ll be going through – playing significant snaps as a redshirt freshman. There’s no reason that Ford won’t exceed his importance level with his level of play.
Best-case scenario for this season: Left guard hasn’t always been stable for Oklahoma. Ford can start all 13 games and could be in line for an all-conference nod. Ford looked really good in the spring game and could be a three-year starter at left guard, which might make him the best at the position for Oklahoma in quite a while, maybe since Duke Robinson. This season could set Ford up for two more as a sound and quality starter.