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Damarlo Belcher dismissed from football team


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By Alex McCarthy




Two weeks ago, senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher caught his 189th career pass, putting him just shy of the all-time Hoosier receptions record.

He didn’t know it then, but it would be his last reception in an IU uniform.

Belcher was dismissed from the team Monday for a violation of team rules, according to a press release from IU Athletics. He ends his IU career two receptions behind James Hardy’s 191 catches for the most in school history. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions last season with 78 for 832 yards and four touchdowns.

The Fort Wayne native leads the Hoosiers in receptions this season with 25, even though injuries have limited him to playing in six of the team’s nine games. He suffered a bone bruise in his knee in the third game of the season against South Carolina State.

With his 25 receptions, Belcher has amassed 286 receiving yards this season with one touchdown, a 65-yard grab against Ball State in the first game of the season. Sophomore Kofi Hughes has played in all nine games and is second on the team with 20 receptions.

Belcher served a one-game suspension Saturday, missing IU’s 59-38 loss to Northwestern. Prior to the 2011 season, Belcher was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

The wide receiver was also named to Big Ten Players to Watch List, but now, Belcher will be the one watching as his team plays its final three games of the season.

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