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Draft Scout DeAngelo Benton News
08/24/12 - The big, above-the-fold headline out of Auburn Thursday was the announcement of the Tigers' new starting quarterback, sophomore Kiehl Frazier, who assumes the role with high expectations and a mostly intact lineup around him. But he will have one less deep threat at his disposal: Per coach Gene Chizik, senior wide receiver DeAngelo Benton has been suspended indefinitely for the proverbial "violation of a team rule," likely ending his last chance to fulfill blue-chip expectations on the heels of his alleged role in a fatal shooting earlier this year. "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." After Wednesday night's practice, he added: "As I've said before, there's expectations that we have, and if he fulfills our expectations of him then you'll see him back on the field. And if he doesn't, you won't." On the field, Benton finally began to show glimpses of his potential last year, four years after graduating from Bastrop (La.) High as one of the most highly sought prospects in the country. After two failed attempts to enroll at LSU in 2007 and 2008, he finally landed at Auburn as part of Chizik's first signing class in 2009, and has spent the last three years struggling to break into the regular rotation at receiver. Last year, he played in every game, starting two due to a midseason injury to Emory Blake, and finished with seven receptions for 136 yards; two of those grabs in particular, a 41-yarder against Clemson and a 25-yard touchdown catch in double coverage against Florida, flashed his ability as the big, downfield target his recruiting hype suggested. After Blake's return to the lineup, though, Benton didn't bring in another pass in any of the last five games. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com