MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University police said running back Wendell Smallwood has been arrested on a warrant out of Delaware.
Chief Bob Roberts said Tuesday that police in Wilmington, Del., contacted WVU police with a warrant for Smallwood’s arrest on a witness tampering charge.
Roberts said a fugitive-from-justice warrant was issued for Smallwood’s arrest Monday.
Wilmington police Cpl. Mark Ivey said Smallwood is charged with trying to get a witness to recant statements that implicated a friend of Smallwood’s in a 2012 fatal shooting in Wilmington.
The 20-year-old Wilmington resident is being held in the North Central Regional Jail pending extradition. Jail records didn’t indicate whether Smallwood has a lawyer.
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen says he’s aware of the arrest. Smallwood rushed for 221 yards last season as a freshman and was expected to be a big part of the Mountaineers’ offense this season.
Mountaineers to play Hokies: Virginia Tech and West Virginia will renew their football rivalry at FedEx Field in 2017.
The game will be played on Sept. 2, 2017, at the home of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. FedEx Field officials announced the matchup Tuesday.
It will mark Virginia Tech’s fourth appearance at FedEx Field since 2004. West Virginia played James Madison there in 2012 and also will play BYU at FedEx Field in 2016.
West Virginia and Virginia Tech, both former members of the Big East, last met on the football field in 2005.
After 2017, they’ll also play in 2021 in Morgantown, W.Va., and 2022 in Blacksburg, Va.