Former blue-chip recruit Channing Ward's Ole Miss career took an off-field setback this week as the rising junior defensive end reportedly pleaded guilty to a DUI charge.

The Clarion-Ledger reported that Ward had been pulled over after 1 a.m. on Jan 19 and booked on a first-offense charge of DUI of another substance -- i.e., an unspecified substance other than alcohol -- as well as lack of insurance and a broken taillight. Ward appeared in court Wednesday to provide proof of insurance and that the taillight had been fixed, but pleaded guilty to the DUI charge.

Per the Clarion-Ledger, Ward was sentenced to attend the Mississippi Alcohol Substance Abuse Program and Victims Impact classes and paid fines of just under $1,500.

Hugh Freeze said in a statement that "the matter is being addressed internally.”