The first domino has fallen at Oklahoma at running back. OU coach Bob Stoops announced Monday morning running back Keith Ford has been indefinitely suspended by OU for a violation of academic and team rules.
Ford was at OU’s practice last Monday, but rumors persisted in the latter part of the week of Ford’s locker being cleaned out.
A former five-star running back ranked No. 22 in the Scout 100 for the 2013 class, Ford looked like a budding star through the first three games last season.
He had rushed for 194 yards on 34 carries with five touchdowns and had eight catches for 90 yards with a touchdown. But after suffering a leg injury, he became out of sight and out of mind with the emergence of then-freshman Samaje Perine.
There has been a lot of talk about how OU’s backfield would shake out because of its depth at the spot. David Smith transferred following the end of the season and will play for Jacksonville State.
But there’s still a wealth of talent for OU at the spot for 2015. Perine is back. Joe Mixon has been stellar through the first week of spring practices. Alex Ross remains a home run threat every time he touches the ball, and mid-year enrollee Rodney Anderson seems like another huge addition.
Anderson was getting rave reviews from coaches and players but suffered a sprained MCL last week and will miss the rest of spring.
Ford, originally from Houston Cypress Ranch, rushed for 526 yards and six touchdowns during his two-year career that was plagued by fumbling issues and injuries.
Ford has been removed from OU’s online roster.