Auburn wide receiver DeAngelo Benton has been suspended indefinitely from the football team for a violation of an undisclosed team rule.
Not an impact player for the Tigers, Benton has made 14 catches in his career with 259 yards and a touchdown. A statement by coach Gene Chizik said that Benton will be able to rejoin the team when the appropriate actions are handled by the senior.
This is also not the first time Benton has found himself in trouble.
During the trial of Antonio Goodwin in the spring, Benton testified that he brought the synthetic marijuana that the players smoked before four members of the team robbed a trailer in South Auburn.
Benton’s named reappeared over the summer following the shooting at University Heights, an apartment complex in South Auburn. Police said Benton got into an argument with alleged shooter Desmonte Leonard before the crimes were committed. Police added Benton was not part of the fight that occurred just before the shooting.
A highly recruited prospect, Benton signed with Auburn after being committed to LSU, but simply never lived up to potential. One of several Tigers who have made poor choices in the past two years, including Mike Dyer, whose gun was used in the robbery, Benton will have to earn his way back on the team to even have a chance to live up to expectations.
Having several issues off the field through his time on the football team at Auburn provides the question of if the senior will be able to clean up his act in time to contribute this fall. With nine days separating the Tigers of Auburn and the Clemson Tigers from meeting in the Georgia Dome, Benton needs to attempt to get back in Chizik’s good graces quickly if he wants to play.