Two football players suspended from team

By Tony McDaniel

Two SIU football players were suspended Tuesday.

Senior linebacker Victor Burnett and junior defensive end Adam Brandt are suspended for a violation of team rules, according to an SIU athletics press release.

Brandt was arrested on Saturday for a DUI. A bond of $300 was posted for the player’s release. He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. on Nov. 20 at the Jackson County Courthouse for a hearing, according to


A civil case was filed against Burnett under the Drug Asset Forfeiture Procedure Act on Monday, the same day as Brandt’s DUI case. A hearing is schedule for Burnett at 1 p.m. on Nov.  13.

SIU head coach Dale Lennon said he could not comment on which team rules the players violated.

“That’s stuff that’s between them and me,” Lennon said. “They made a couple mistakes and that’s the consequence.”

SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia said a conclusion on the length of the two player’s suspension has not been reached, but they will miss Saturday’s game against Missouri State.

Lennon said the length of the suspensions will be addressed as he finds out more about the situation.

Brandt has 24 tackles this season and is second on the team in sacks with 4. He has started every game for the Salukis except the season opener against Taylor University.

Burnett has not started a game this season, but is sixth on the team in tackles with 40 and has a 1.5 sacks this season.


Tony McDaniel can be reached at tmcdaniel@dailyegyptian or on Twitter @tonymcdanielDE.