Monday, December 12, 2011
Huskers' Caputo cited for possible DUI
By Adam Rittenberg
Some disappointing news for Nebraska as Huskers starting center Mike Caputo was cited by police for suspicion of DUI early Sunday.
Capt. David Beggs told the Lincoln Journal Star that Lincoln police responded to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of his car around 1:10 a.m. Sunday in downtown Lincoln.
Beggs said an officer found Caputo sleeping in the driver's seat of a running vehicle. He was taken to Cornhusker Place, released to the detox center and cited on suspicion of driving under the influence. Beggs said a preliminary test indicated Caputo had a .103 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit to drive in Nebraska is .08.
No charges have been filed against Caputo. Huskers head coach Bo Pelini said in a statement that he's awaiting more information on the situation before making further comment.
It's a disappointing situation for Caputo, a two-year starter and a team leader, particularly for the offensive line. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches and was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation's top player who began his career as a walk-on.
Nebraska faces South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 in Orlando. If Caputo doesn't play, Nebraska likely would turn to Cole Pensick, Mark Pelini or Spencer Long at center.