CHAMPAIGN IL - OCTOBER 02: Dan Herron #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs against members of the Illinois Fighting Illini defense including (L-R) Justin Green #26 Nate Bussey #18 Tavon Wilson #3 and Martez Wilson #3 at Memorial Stadium on October 2 2010 in Champaign Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 24-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois LB Ashante Williams Suspended Over DUI Arrest

Illinois linebacker Ashante Williams has been suspended indefinitely following a Saturday DUI arrest, placing his 2011 status in jeopardy.

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Illinois LB Ashante Williams Suspended Over DUI Arrest

Illinois linebacker Ashante Williams has been suspended indefinitely from Fighting Illini football activities following a DUI arrest early Saturday morning. Williams was arrested just off of the Urbana campus at 1:37 am after he was pulled for an alleged traffic violation. After struggling through a field sobriety test, Williams admitted he had been drinking and was taken to Champaign County jail, where he was released on $100 bail at 5 a.m.

Williams recorded just 19 total tackles in limited playing time last season. However, he was expected to replace Nate Bussey in the Illini starting lineup this season. This latest incident puts his playing status in jeopardy. Should Williams miss any games this season, redshirt freshman Earnest Thomas is expected to step up. 

Head coach Ron Zook has yet to release a statement on the matter.

For more coverage of B1G football, head over to SB Nation's conference blog, Off Tackle Empire.

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