Purdue moves on without LB Beckford - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Purdue moves on without LB Beckford

Posted: Updated:
WEST LAFAYETTE -

Purdue has suspended starting linebacker Dwayne Beckford indefinitely, and coach Danny Hope described his future as a Boilermaker as "very questionable."

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound senior was the team's top returning tackler with 91 last year.

He was arrested in December on a drunken-driving charge, his third brush with Tippecanoe County law enforcement of the year. He was suspended for Purdue's bowl game and for the second semester last year.

The 22-year-old Beckford pleaded guilty in July to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages, according to the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Hope said the school will let the legal process take its course before making a final decision.

Antwon Higgs, Joe Gilliam and Sean Robinson will play in Beckford's place in Saturday's opener against Eastern Kentucky.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow