Linebacker Dwayne Beckford (pictured) will not attend Purdue's bowl game in Detroit next week. Coach Danny Hope announced the suspension after Tuesday's practice, following a few days of speculation after Beckford was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of OWI. More inside. [details]
Personal: 2010: Received team's Most Improved Award - Defense for spring practice.
2009: Enrolled at Purdue in January and took part in spring practice ... originally signed with Boilermakers in February of 2008 but did not enroll ... subsequently returned home for the fall semester ... appeared in all 12 games as reserve and on special teams ... had 34 tackles (23 solo, 11 assists), including 3.0 for loss ... had one pass breakup vs. Illinois on Oct. 24 ... registered four tackles (all solo), including 2.0 tackles for loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 31 ... recorded season-high eight tackles (5 solo, 3 assists), including one for loss, at Michigan on Nov. 7.
High School: Ranked the No. 24 player in New Jersey by Rivals.com in 2008 ... earned first-team all-state honors as senior after recording 104 tackles, including 17 sacks, to go with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... first team all-conference, all-region and all-area as junior after recording 85 tackles, including 10 sacks, and two fumble recoveries for the state championship runner-up team ... coach was Darnell Grant ... prep teammate of fellow Boilermaker Waynelle Gravesande.
Personal: Given name is Dwayne Anthony Beckford ... born Feb. 25, 1990 ... psychology major. - Purdue sports information