Nebraska’s starting center Mike Caputo was among 17 people cited on suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend. According to Lincoln police, an officer found Caputo slumped over sleeping in the driver’s seat of his running vehicle at the U-Stop on West O-Street early Sunday morning just after 1 a.m. Caputo had a .103 BAC…the legal limit is .08. No charges have been filed yet.
Head coach Bo Pelini released a statement saying, “I am aware of the situation involving Mike Caputo, and am awaiting more information before making any further comment.”
It was just last year during practices for the Holiday Bowl that Ricky Thenarse and Baker Steinkuhler were pulled over for DUI’s. Pelini suspended those players for one game.
As far as Caputo, the Millard North grad has started every game the past two years. He was chosen by league coaches as second-team All-Big Ten. If he is suspended, Cole Pensick and Mark Pelini are his backups. Even sophomore Spencer Long, a guard, could play center as well.
Defensive lineman Eric Martin was cited on Sunday for leaving the scene of an accident. Martin allegedly backed into another car in a Walmart Parking lot late Saturday night and didn’t report the incident to police. About $2,500 in damage between both cars. Leaving the scene and failing to report information is a Class II misdemeanor and can be punishable of up to six months in jail.