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A Starting College Football RB Has Been Arrested

A general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

One of the top running backs in the Big 12 has been arrested less than two weeks before the start of the 2018 season.

Da'Leon Ward, Texas Tech's top running back, has been arrested for felony theft, according to reports.

The 5-foot-10 running back missed the 2017 season with academic issues. He was expected to have a breakout season with the Red Raiders.

Don Williams first reported the news.

"Da'Leon Ward was arrested and booked into Lubbock County Jail about an hour ago, according to the booking sheet. Arresting agency was Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Office. Awaiting word on charges," he tweeted.

The charge against Texas Tech RB Da'Leon Ward is theft between $2,500 and $30,000, a state jail felony."

Ward was having a good preseason. He finished the 2016 season in impressive fashion, with three 90-plus yard games in his final four games.

Texas Tech opens the season on Sept. 1 against Ole Miss.