Suspended OU running back Keith Ford will transfer

Loaded backfield

The crowd at the running back position at Oklahoma is getting thinner.

Keith Ford has been granted a full release and will transfer to another school.

“The past 2 years with the Oklahoma Sooners has been a great experience, however after my injury last season I never fully recovered. Since that time I have had a chance to evaluate my role at OU with my family and have decided it is time to start a new chapter,” Ford said a the statement. “Despite what the suspension was about I am currently academically eligible to transfer according to NCAA rules to another university and have been given a full release by OU.

“I would like to thank Coach (Bob) Stoops and Coach (Cale) Gundy for all of their support and I wish the Sooners the best of luck next season.”

Ford was poised to be a star at OU last year but an injury plus the emergence of freshman Samaje Perine pushed Ford back in the depth chart.

Ford, a five-star Scout.com prospect, was the highest signee for OU in 2013. He rushed for 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior in high school in Cypress, Texas.

Ford broke his leg in last season’s win over Tennessee and never fully recovered his form. He had a bit of a problem fumbling, too.

Ford was suspended during the spring semester for violating team rules and academic problems. And as a result, he missed OU’s spring game.

OU is loaded with Perine, Alex Ross, and newcomer Joe Mixon. Mixon, also a five-star prospect out of high school, was suspended all last season due to an off-campus situation in which he struck a young woman.