The Purdue Boilermaker’s already thin depth chart took another hit this weekend, as head football coach Danny Hope confirmed that two first string players will miss the Little Caesar’s Bowl in Detroit on December 27th.
First, wide receiver O.J. Ross will miss the game after being suspended earlier this month because of poor academic performance. Now, Hope has said that Ross will not get an opportunity to play in the game because he has missed too much practice time. The decision to hold Ross out of the game is understandable, albeit slightly disappointing for Boilermaker fans that were hoping to see him suit up after getting his schoolwork back in order. For the season, Ross had 33 catches for 356 yards and 3 touchdown receptions.
Next, linebacker Dwayne Beckford will almost certainly miss the game after being arrested over the weekend in West Lafayette for driving while intoxicated. The TWENTY YEAR OLD linebacker had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent, which exceeds Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. This is Beckford’s third time in six months he has had problems with the law. He was charged in June with four counts of failure to stop after a car accident. When police went to his apartment to serve him with an arrest warrant for that incident, police smelled marijuana and found drug paraphernalia inside. He pleaded guilty to both instances and was serving two years of unsupervised probation, which will probably now be revoked. Beckford also was suspended for the IU game this season for throwing a punch during the Boilermaker’s game against Iowa. He has 90 tackles on the season, to go along with three sacks and one interception. For what it’s worth, I’ll be very disappointed if Beckford is not kicked off the team. He has had plenty of chances, and this incident should be his last strike.