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August 28, 2012

Beckford suspended indefinitely

Boilermaker middle linebacker Dwayne Beckford, just back from the suspension that sidelined him from Purdue's bowl game last season and kept him off the team in the spring, has been suspended indefinitely once again, following another arrest early Monday morning, Purdue announced.

Tippecanoe County online court records show Beckford is facing two charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of a synthetic drug, after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday. He was arrested by West Lafayette Police and is in the Tippecanoe County jail, without bond.

The warrant, requested by the Tippecanoe Prosecutor's office, stemmed from a citation Beckford received from a West Lafayette police officer on Aug. 20. Beckford is expected to have a court hearing later today, GoldandBlack.com has learned, where he will be read his formal charges.

A second arrest on paraphernalia - he's had one previously - could bring felony charges against Beckford, according to state statute, with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

On Nov. 21, 2011, he pleaded guilty to the crime of possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, stemming from an August arrest.

"It's unfortunate that Dwayne allegedly violated some of the terms of his probationary status," Coach Danny Hope said in a release late Monday night. "Once we examine all the details that led to today's development, we will make a decision on his long-term status with the team."

The arrest is only the latest for Beckford. Five months after his August, 2011, arrest, he was arrested in early January, 2012, for possession of marijuana and other substances; two weeks later, he was picked up for operating while impaired.

In mid-July, several of those culminated with his conviction on two misdemeanor counts, including operating while intoxicated, and was sentenced to 30 days Tippecanoe County Community Corrections, an alternative program to incarceration.

Beckford, who made 91 tackles last season and is the team's top returning tackler, was slated to start at middle linebacker, the central figure in a core of linebackers that severely lacks depth.

Senior Antwon Higgs and sophomore converted quarterback Sean Robinson are listed together as the No. 2 middle linebacker on Purdue's depth chart.

On Purdue's media day last month, Beckford talked about his suspension.

"I think it was fair (punishment)," he said. "I made a mistake. I've got to take the blame for it. I've just got to take responsibility.

"At one point I really didn't think I was going to be on the team after the moment it happened. I'm happy that I'm on the team. After that all went over and the time in between, I was really contemplating, 'Am I coming back?' Luckily, he did bring me back."

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