Purdue puts Dwayne Beckford and O.J. Ross back on scholarship

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Purdue is getting a couple key contributors back to the team this summer, as coach Danny Hope confirmed to the West Lafayette Courier & Journal that linebacker Dwayne Beckford (pictured) and wide receiver O.J. Ross have been reinstated to the team and are back on scholarship. Both players were suspended for Purdue's victory over Western Michigan in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl and had been stripped of their scholarships.

Beckford, who finished second on the team in tackles last season, literally had to work his way back onto the team and on scholarship.

“He had to get a job, take out loans, pay for his education, work hard and pass the classes,” Hope told the paper. “He's passed the classes that he needs to stay on track for eligibility and from a graduation standpoint. He's on the team, back on scholarship and we don't anticipate any further incidents with Dwayne.

“As long as he does well in school and takes care of business and there aren't any type of legal repercussions we'll proceed on.”

Beckford was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and is set to stand trial in June.

Ross was reinstated to the team before spring practice, but had been off scholarship after having academic issues. Hope says Ross has worked hard and "put himself in position to get eligible this summer." Ross finished third on the team with 33 receptions for 356 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2011.
 
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