Purdue WR back but loses scholarship

Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross returned to practice Tuesday, but as a non-scholarship player.

Ross, the Boilers' highest-rated recruit in the 2010 class, was ruled academically ineligible for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in December. Purdue coach Danny Hope dismissed Ross from the team and took away his scholarship.

Ross, who ranked third on the team in both receptions (33) and receiving yards (356) in 2011, is back with the squad this spring but must pay his own way to school.

From The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier:

"We gave him a second chance and told him not to miss class," Hope said. "He worked very hard but he did miss a couple of classes. We dismissed him from the team and took his scholarship away. He wanted to be part of the football team and try to earn a scholarship back and earn his position back."

Most of these situations end with a permanent dismissal, and you have to figure Ross is on a short leash with his academics going forward. Here's hoping he makes the most of the opportunity and possibly regains his scholarship.

Purdue is counting on Ross, Antavian Edison and Gary Bush at receiver in 2012 as it looks to replace top target Justin Siller.

In other personnel notes, Boilers linebacker Dwayne Beckford remains on the team but isn't practicing at the moment. Beckford has had several legal issues in recent months, including a citation for suspicion of OWI in December that resulted in his suspension for the bowl game.

Beckford finished second on the squad in tackles with 91 last season.