Illinois Sports Information Director Kent Brown confirmed Monday that Justin Staples has been suspended indefinitely from the football team by head coach Tim Beckman after being charged with driving under the influence on Feb. 9.
Staples was stopped by Champaign Police at 1605 S. Neil St. and registered a blood alcohol level of .157. His next court date is scheduled for Friday.
Having redshirted in 2008, Staples played in 13 games last season and started one in his junior year of eligibility, tallying 16 tackles at the bandit position. He also had one sack and two pass breakups.
Beckman had no comment at press time. He has a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning to discuss the spring football season. Immediately prior to Beckman’s press conference, Illinois is holding its Pro Day at Memorial Stadium.