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Purdue's Edison has gun charge dropped

5/29/2012

Great news today for Antavian Edison and the Purdue Boilermakers. The senior receiver had his felony weapons charge stemming from a May 6 arrest dropped by prosecutors.

Edison was arrested in his hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., and was charged with suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon when police said they found a loaded .38 caliber revolver and 17 rounds of ammunition in a car carrying him and his uncle, who is a convicted felon. Edison had proclaimed his innocence via Twitter, and Purdue officials had expressed confidence he would be exonerated.

“We are pleased to know that Antavian’s name has been cleared of any wrongdoing,” Purdue head coach Danny Hope said in a statement released by the school. “Those of us who know Antavian always believed it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The most important thing is that Edison can get on with his life and his college career. And he is a key player for the Boilermakers, who hope to contend in the Leaders Division.

He led the team with 584 receiving yards last season, making 44 catches with three for touchdowns. Edison also ran 30 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Purdue is looking to engineer more big plays this season, and he is one of its top playmakers. Without him, the Boilers would have been light on experience at the receiver position, which should thrive this year now that the team has healthy veteran quarterbacks to work with.

Purdue also reinstated linebacker Dwayne Beckford and receiver O.J. Ross earlier this month following offseason suspensions. Hope's squad looks to be at full strength heading into the summer months.