West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood has been arrested by West Virginia University police on a warrant out of Delaware, according to an Associated Press story published on Tuesday.
Mark Ivey of the Wilmington police said the sophomore West Virginia running back was charged with trying to get a witness to recant statements that implicated a friend of Smallwood’s in a 2012 fatal shooting in Wilmington. The 20-year-old Smallwood is a resident of Wilmington.
Smallwood reportedly is being held in the North Central Regional jail in West Virginia awaiting extradition.
There are no official reports or statements by West Virginia University at this time regarding Smallwood’s status for the 2014 football season. Head coach Dana Holgorsen told the Associated Press that he was aware of the arrest.
Smallwood had 221 rushing yards his freshman season in 2013, third best on the team, and also caught 11 passes for 132 yards. He also was used to return kickoffs, and in that capacity Smallwood returned 30 kicks for a team-high 541 yards.
The 5-11, 200-pound Smallwood had a good chance of starting in 2014.