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Keith Ford Suspended Indefinitely

Keith Ford (#21) against Texas Tech in 2014 (John Weast/Getty Images North America)
Keith Ford (#21) against Texas Tech in 2014 (John Weast/Getty Images North America)

Keith Ford Suspended Indefinitely

Oklahoma has suspended running back Keith Ford indefinitely for academic and team rules violations. The Sooners posted the news on their Twitter account after confirming the news with head coach Bob Stoops.

Ford was not listed on the roster as of this publishing and his bio on the Sooners’ website offers no information on his position or other basic information. The specific details of his suspension have not been released.

As a freshman in 2013, Ford played in 10 games while finishing with 134 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. In 2014, Ford saw a lot more playing time, but was still second string behind the dynamic Samaje Perine. Ford still managed to rush for 369 yards and 5 touchdowns on 63 carries while also catching 11 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Ford missed 5 games in 2014 due to a broken fibula he suffered against Tennessee.

Perine ran for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns in 13 games last year while also starting 8 games. He also had 15 catches for 108 yards.

Alex Ross, Daniel Brooks, Rodney Anderson, and Joe Mixon are all in contention to get Ford’s reps while he is suspended. Ross, a redshirt junior, has 614 yards and 4 touchdowns in 23 games as a Sooner. Brooks, also a redshirt junior, has only 6 carries for 26 yards, which all came in 2014. Anderson will be a freshman in 2015 while Mixon redshirted last season due to his season long suspension.

Earlier this spring, running back David Smith transferred from Oklahoma to Jacksonville State.

David Smith Transferring To Jacksonville State

David Smith was buried on the Oklahoma depth chart (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)
David Smith was buried on the Oklahoma depth chart (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

David Smith Transferring To Jacksonville State

Oklahoma Sooners running back David Smith has decided to transfer to the FCS and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Smith announced his decision via Instagram.

“So much contemplation regarding the continuation of playing this sport. With much prayer and guidance I’ve decided to play out my last two years of eligibility at Jacksonville state university located in Jacksonville, Alabama. I’ve truly enjoyed the people of Norman Oklahoma, I love you all,” is what Smith wrote on his Instagram account.

Smith was a redshirt Sophomore in 2014 with the Sooners and played in one game. That game was against the Iowa State Cyclones in which he ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Smith’s touchdown came on an 8 yard run in fourth quarter. The Sooners went on to win 59-14.

Smith will be eligible to play immediately at Jacksonville State, which is good news for the Gamecocks. They have made the FCS playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

Ahead of Smith on the depth chart was the extremely talented Samaje Perine along with Alex Ross and Keith Ford. Perine was a freshman in 2014 while Ross and Ford were both sophomores. It makes sense why Smith would transfer out of Oklahoma with such a young and deep backfield.