Ward, who led the team in rushing in 2016, was arrested on a charge of felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000. Capt. Joseph Gilliam of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s department told ESPN that the department served a warrant issued in June.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Ward was the subject of a Texas Tech Police Department investigation after three cell phones were reported stolen from the school’s student recreation center in a 20-minute period on Nov. 14. He was indicted in June, but the indictment was sealed.
Ward was booked at the Lubbock County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon.
The 20-year-old Ward rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, becoming the first true freshman to lead Texas Tech in rushing since Shaud Williams in 1999. Ward also had 18 receptions for 131 yards.
Ward redshirted in 2017 because of academic reasons, but was projected to pair with senior Tre King to handle the majority of the Red Raiders’ rushing responsibilities.
The Texas Tech athletic department released the following on Ward:
“Texas Tech Athletics was made aware this afternoon of an incident involving sophomore running back Da’Leon Ward. We are still looking into the matter at this time and will have no further comment.”