Auburn Football: DeAngelo Benton Suspension Is Nothing to Worry About

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 23, 2012

Auburn WR DeAngelo Benton
Auburn WR DeAngelo BentonScott Cunningham/Getty Images

That pesky issue of who is going to be the starting quarterback for the 2012 Auburn Tigers still lingers, but one player who won't be playing for the Tigers in the foreseeable future is wide receiver DeAngelo Benton.

Benton, a 6'2", 192-pound senior, has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Gene Chizik for violation of an undisclosed team rule, according to AL.com.

"We have standards and expectations that our football team is expected to uphold and when they do not abide by those, there are consequences," said Chizik.

Benton has had a disappointing career in Auburn, so his absence isn't something to worry about.

He came to the Plains as a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2009—Chizik's first as head coach of the Tigers.

During his career, he has just 14 catches for 239 yards and one touchdown.

That's not exactly living up to expectations.

Auburn hasn't released a depth chart for the 2012 season, but players like Emory Blake, Travante Stallworth, Quan Bray, Trovon Reed, Sammie Coates and a host of other receivers were likely to play over Benton in 2012.

Benton also has been involved in issues off the field. He testified in the armed robbery trial of former Tiger Antonio Goodwin this spring.

He was also mentioned in the hearing for Desmonte Leonard, the man accused of opening fire at an Auburn apartment complex earlier this summer injuring six people and killing three, including former Tigers football players Ed Christian and LaDarious Phillips.

Head coach Gene Chizik hasn't ruled out a return for Benton, but it was unlikely that he was going to be a key contributor in 2012.