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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 07 2013

Bison defensive tackle Perry suspended for season opener; linebacker Beck hurt

FARGO – North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl said Wednesday defensive tackle Leevon Perry will be suspended for the football team’s season opener at Kansas State.

Bohl said Perry will plead guilty to DUI. He said the senior three-year starter is not contesting the July 7 charge.

“Leevon and I sat down. He’s remorseful for his actions, and he’s going to go through assessments as opposed to delaying everything,” Bohl said. “He came in and said, ‘Coach, I’m guilty. I’m wrong.’ And so we’re moving forward.”

Perry was pulled over at the 600 block of Ninth Avenue North at 1:25 a.m. on a routine traffic stop, according to NDSU campus police records. The report said Perry “was very cooperative.”

Bohl said senior Danny Luecke will start in Perry’s place, with sophomore Brian Schaetz and senior Anthony LaVoy backing them up. Perry’s health was in question since a knee injury suffered late last season against South Dakota State.

He started 10 games finishing with 18 tackles, but six of those going for lost yardage. He had 2.5 quarterback sacks. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Perry has started all 39 games in his Bison career.

“He’s really a significant player,” Bohl said.

He missed spring football after undergoing microfracture surgery to his knee. He also had meniscus damage.

But Bohl said Perry could probably have been ready against Kansas State on Aug. 30.

“His health is definitely playable,” he said.

The health of starting linebacker Travis Beck came into question again on Wednesday. Bohl said the junior hurt his shoulder during practice and his status is uncertain.

Beck had shoulder surgery after last season and missed spring football. The latest ailment happened when Beck reached out to grab another player, Bohl said.

“It was just a freaky deal,” Bohl said. “We’ll see what the doctors say.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia