Purify suspended indefinitely

You could argue quite successfully that senior wide receiver Maurice Purify was the key to Nebraska's offense this year. The big-bodied wideout was a nightmare match up for defenses. The nightmare now comes for Purify, as he finds himself indefinitely suspended following his second run in with the law.

Senior wideout Maurice Purify is unquestionably Nebraska's go-to receiver. At 6-4 and 225 pounds, he's the big-bodied type ball-catcher this kind of offense sorely needs. While he didn't lead the team in receptions last season, he led in yards (630) and total touchdowns (7) scored. It was his catch that sealed the game for Nebraska as they went on the road and played a ranked Texas A&M team.

Now Nebraska is looking at not having him at all.

Following his second brush with the law, this time a citation for DWI early this Friday morning, Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan issued the following statement concerning his star wide receiver:

"We are aware of Maurice's situation and we take it very seriously. I met with Maurice today and explained to him that he is indefinitely suspended from the team. At this point, his future status with our team is uncertain."

The incident in and of itself would more than likely see Purify miss no less than the non-conference slate, which features a road game against last year's ACC champ Wake Forest, and a home game against what is expected to be the number one team in the country – USC.

However, this incident follows another incident involving Purify, where he was arrested for suspicion of two counts of assault, trespassing, failure to comply and resisting arrest.

Purify had been offered pretrial for that incident, but that case is still up in the air.

With this added charge, what is technically called an "indefinite suspension" could end be being season-long, effectively ending the career of the junior college transfer.

Nebraska was to go into this season with easily the most experienced group of wide receivers since Bill Callahan arrived, and Purify was by far their biggest game breaker. With his loss, almost certainly through non-conference play, and probably through the early part of the conference slate, even with all of the other experienced ball catchers, Nebraska becomes a far less potent team.


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