Oklahoma running back Keith Ford announced on Wednesday that he would be transferring out of Oklahoma after two years of playing. He felt it was time to move on after not being able to fully recover from his fibula injury before the season ended. Up to the Tennessee game where the injury happened, Ford was leading the team in rushing. He finished the season with 71 carries for 392 yards and five touchdowns. He made this statement about his transfer and wanted people to know there are no hard feelings.
“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. Despite what the suspension was about I am currently academically eligible to transfer according NCAA rules to another university and have been given a full release by OU. I would like to thank [coach Bob Stoops] and [running backs coach Cale Gundy] for all of their support and I wish the Sooners the best of luck next season.”
The indefinite suspension came in March for a violation of team rules and for academics. The injury paved the way for Samaje Perine’s stellar freshman season. The freshman running back seized the starting role and finished with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns. He broke the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards in a win over Kansas as well.