Ketchum

Ketchum

Highly touted freshman safety J.W. Ketchum has been removed from the Baylor football roster due to a violation of team rules, according to coach Art Briles.

Though Ketchum hasn’t played for the Bears, he is still on scholarship and is eligible to redshirt this season.

A source said Ketchum is working on fulfilling some team requirements to be reinstated on the active roster. He’s not participating in team practice but is currently working with the strength and conditioning coaches.

Briles didn’t specify which team rule Ketchum broke.

Ketchum was jailed 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.

Ketchum was a dual-threat quarterback at Houston Lamar High School who amassed 5,705 yards and 99 touchdowns in his final three prep seasons.

Ketchum is the latest in a series of incidents involving Baylor players and football coaches during the last month.

Before the Sept. 4 season opener against SMU, safety Orion Stewart and defensive end Shawn Oakman were suspended from the game for violation of team rules. Before playing Lamar, Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and receivers coach Tate Wallis were suspended for recruiting violations.

Running backs coach Jeff Lebby violated a NCAA rule by being on the sidelines at last weekend’s Tulsa-Oklahoma game, resulting in a half-game suspension when the Bears play the Sooners on Nov. 14. at McLane Stadium.

Junior tight end Tre’Von Armstead was dismissed from the squad on Sept. 18 for violation of team rules.

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