Shawn Oakman and Orion Stewart, two of the top defensive players on Baylor University’s reigning Big 12 Conference championship team, missed the team’s opener against SMU Friday because of violations of team rules, a Baylor official confirmed.
Both players were suspended for that game and are expected to return for Baylor’s home opener against Lamar Sept. 12, the official said. Both have had scrapes with the law in the past several months, but it was not immediately clear whether either player’s legal situation played a part in their suspensions.
Stewart was arrested after allegedly speeding, running a stop sign and failing to stop for McLennan County sheriff’s deputies about 2:30 a.m. on March 27, a legal document shows.
The document reports that a deputy heard Stewart’s black Mercedes accelerating away, even after activating lights and a siren, and the two vehicles made at least one turn.
According to the affidavit, Stewart at some point admitted to officials that he saw the deputy’s lights before running the stop sign and accelerating.
He was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle and booked into the McLennan County Jail. He was later released on a $5,000 bond. Former Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley was also in the car, which Goodley owned, when Stewart was stopped, according to the affidavit.
Oakman has two active arrest warrants issued out of Waco’s Municipal Court — one for allegedly running a stop sign on July 8 and another for violating his promise to appear.
J.W. Ketchum, a highly touted freshman safety, also was reportedly jailed about 7 p.m. Aug. 15 on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Ketchum was released the following day on a $1,000 bond, jail records show. Ketchum was reportedly arrested by Baylor police.
He did not make the trip to SMU with the team on Friday. Both Oakman and Stewart traveled to SMU. Ketchum’s status with the team was not immediately known Friday.
Oakman, a 6-foot-9, 275-pound senior defensive end, was named the Big 12’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in July by media who cover the conference. He is a returning All-American who set Baylor’s single-season sacks record with 11 last year.
Stewart, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior safety from Midway, is a returning All-Big 12 player who made 82 tackles and four interceptions for the Bears in 2014.
Staff writer John Werner contributed to this report.