Jason Ford‘s path to replace Mikel Leshoure as Illinois’ starting running back has hit a minor traffic bump, the Champaign News Gazette is reporting.
According to the News Gazette, Ford was arrested early Sunday morning on an earlier charge of driving on a suspended license. The paper reports that Ford was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license and going 1-10 miles over the speed limit last Friday.
Adam Rittenburg of ESPN.com‘s Big Ten blog reports that Ford’s arrest occurred in an on-campus parking lot and came after police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint, discovering that Ford had an outstanding warrant out for the license issue. It’s unclear how, or even if, Ford is connected to the domestic disturbance issue.
“I became aware of the situation Sunday morning and will allow Jason the opportunity to work through this issue,” Illini head coach Ron Zook said. “Any disciplinary action will be handled internally.”
Following Leshoure’s early departure for the NFL this past January, Ford became the heir apparent to the starting job and held on to the position through the spring despite a knee issue. For now, the minor legal issue should have zero impact on the senior retaining the No. 1 spot on the depth chart entering summer camp.
Ford’s 480 yards last season were second at the RB position to Leshoure’s school-record 1,697 yards. His seven rushing touchdowns were second on the team as well.