A drunk-driving charge in February will cost an Illinois defensive lineman some playing time in September, first-year head coach Tim Beckman said Tuesday.
Senior lineman Justin Staples was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with driving under the influence. Staples was found to have a .157 BAC following an on-campus traffic stop.
He was suspended by Beckman shortly after the arrest, but is permitted to practice with the team during the spring. The Illini will begin spring practice Wednesday.
Beckman said Staples will “miss some game time“, although what specifically that constitutes remains to be seen.
As a redshirt junior in 2011, Staples played in 13 games, starting one of those contests.