Texas Tech sophomore running back Ronnie Daniels has been kicked off the team for a team rules violation, according to an announcement Wednesday. Daniels will not be reinstated, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal.
Wednesday’s action was the third taken against Daniels in seven months. He was suspended at the beginning of last season, then played in the second game of the year after being reinstated. The next week, he was suspended again, this time for the season.
Beal said Tech coach Tommy Tuberville will not comment on the dismissal.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Daniels was the second-leading rusher in the Red-Black Game on Saturday, carrying 16 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. He was the leading rusher in the scrimmage before that.
Though Daniels had generated a buzz among Tech fans, Red Raiders offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Saturday that Daniels would come out of spring as the fifth choice at running back, behind Eric Stephens, Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and SaDale Foster.
Brown said Daniels needed to get into shape, improve his pass blocking and alter his upright running style to take fewer hits.
Tech’s top three running backs all have question marks: Stephens and Washington are coming off knee surgeries, and Williams was withheld from the spring game in the wake of a recent arrest. Brown said Stephens is ahead of Washington in rehabilitation.
Brown said February signee Quinton White, a 5-8, 188-pound running back from College Station A&M Consolidated, will get consideration to play as a true freshman.
“Quinton White will figure in,” Brown said, “because he’s physically ready. He’s a guy that can be a threat in the passing game, too. He’s 190 pounds, so from a physical standpoint, he’ll be able to do it right away.”
Daniels was a career 7,000-yard rusher in high school at Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva.