Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops announced before Monday’s spring football practice that junior running back Keith Ford has been suspended indefinitely.
Ford, a Texas native, was a highly recruited four-star prospect, was suspended from the Oklahoma football team for what was described as academic and team rules violations, according to a published report in Monday’s Oklahoma City Oklahoman.
The junior-to-be started three games for the Sooners in the 2014 season and rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns. He was injured early in the 2014 season and was replaced in the starting role by freshman Samaje Perine, who ran for over 1,000 yards last season and took over the starting role.
Once he was healthy to play again last season, Ford’s time on the field became less and less, because of Perine’s performance and also because of recurrent fumbling issues.
For his career, Ford has appeared in 18 games for Oklahoma and has rushed for 503 yards in his two season in an OU uniform.
Of all the positions on the Oklahoma roster, running back is the one area where the Sooners are blessed with a lot of depth. This could turn out to be a problem for Ford and his future at OU.
The success of Perine, plus the return of junior Alex Ross, gives the Sooners an experienced duo at the position heading into the 2015 season in the fall. In addition, promising five-star recruit Joe Mixon has returned to the Sooners’ roster following his suspension last season for a domestic assault incident involving a female student.
The Sooners also are very high on incoming freshman Rodney Anderson, who is enrolled and already on campus. Anderson sprained his ACL during spring practice sessions, however, and will not play in OU’s annual spring game.