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Two players kicked off Illinois football team

Updated: May 16, 2013 5:58PM

Illinois wide receiver Darius Millines and defensive end Darrius Caldwell have been dismissed from the Illinois football team by coach Tim Beckman for undisclosed violations of team rules, a team spokesman said Thursday.

Millines, from Boynton Beach, Fla., was second in receiving yardage last fall. Millines, who would have been a senior, had been suspended indefinitely in March.

Caldwell, from Atlanta, played in all 12 games last season as a redshirt freshman. He had been expected to compete for a starting job as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker, but missed spring practice due to academic problems.

Caldwell’s departure leaves Houston Bates as the projected starter. Bates was the frontrunner coming out of spring practice, but with Caldwell gone, Illinois’ shaky depth will take another hit.

Both departures further deplete an Illinois team trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2-10 record in Beckman’s first season.

Millines, who had 53 catches for 579 yards in his three seasons at Illinois, had shown promise at times during a career that was limited by injuries as well as off-the-field issues.

With Millines gone, Ryan Lankford, Spencer Harris, Martize Barr and Miles Osei, who were the top receivers this spring, will need to shoulder a larger load.

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