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Auburn indefinitely suspends DeAngelo Benton

DeAngelo Benton, Joshua Shaw, Jelani Jenkins AP

As it turns out, Clemson might not be the only team down a wide receiver due to suspension for the huge nonconference opener the weekend after next.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik confirmed Wednesday that receiver DeAngelo Benton has been indefinitely suspended from the football program for violating an unspecified team rule. While Chizik didn’t state Benton would definitely miss the Tigers vs. Tigers opener, the fact that the suspension comes a mere nine days before the opener doesn’t bode well for the senior’s availability.

“We have standards and expectations that our football team is expected to uphold and when they do not abide by those, there are consequences,” Chizik said in the statement. “As a result, I have suspended DeAngelo Benton.”

Last season, Benton played in all 13 games and started two of those contests.  He totaled 156 yards on seven receptions while adding a touchdown in 2011.

Unfortunately, Benton’s made a bigger name for himself off the field than on it the past year.

Benton testified in the robbery trial of former Auburn player Antonio Goodwin earlier this year, saying he bought synthetic marijuana, which was legal at the time.

Benton’s name was mentioned in the hearing of alleged Auburn apartment shooter Desmonte Leonard. Benton allegedly argued with Leonard before the shooting, police said. But witnesses told police Benton was not involved in the fight that led to the shooting that resulted in three deaths June 9.
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10 Responses to “Auburn indefinitely suspends DeAngelo Benton”
  1. roundup5 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:39 PM

    He seems to be in places he shouldn’t be but, “not involved.”

  2. normtide says: Aug 23, 2012 8:42 PM

    This kid has all the promise in the world. I am definitely not an auburn fan, but I will tell you that Chizic takes discipline seriously. If benton sees the field again, he will have shown change and will have earned that right.

  3. kozbee says: Aug 23, 2012 11:26 PM

    @ normtide

    I agree norm,Chizic & Satan are the best coaches in the SEC.

  4. woebegong says: Aug 24, 2012 6:22 AM

    Saban has shown he is a great coach. Chizic has only shown he can win with another coaches recruits and one year wonder Newton. He has quite a way to go to be considered one of the best coaches in the SEC. Not saying he will not be, but these next two years will either dispel that feeling or prove it.

  5. normtide says: Aug 24, 2012 8:41 AM

    I did not say chiz was a top coach in the sec, just that I think he is serious about his players actions matching the policy he sets. He kicked dyer off the team. Where he ranks among coaches in the sec remains to be seen.

  6. kozbee says: Aug 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    A little fire in the furnace,Auburn nor Bama is my team but its always fun on the spelling of two coaches that imo care little for each other.Back to Benton,the Tigers on both sides will be without their WR on opening day.Whatever he did wrong the fans better hope the suspension only lasts a week.Uncle clem is a commin up team each year and Auburn will need everyone they have to put them away.Better hope Chizik has a good heart and lets him play.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Aug 24, 2012 11:48 AM

    @ normtide

    How do you define a top level coach? Just championships or constant 10-11 win seasons? I was really surprised that Auburn only won 8 games last year.

  8. normtide says: Aug 24, 2012 12:23 PM


    In this case, compared to the other sec coaches. I am little old school, a ten win season is awesome to me. I was never really commenting on his ability, just his discipline tactics. He seems to draw a line and stick to it. I respect that

  9. Romulus says: Aug 24, 2012 1:14 PM

    thats a florida pic

  10. John Taylor says: Aug 24, 2012 1:19 PM

    And that’s Benton between the two Gator defenders.

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