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Clemson kicker suspended after arrest on DUI, cocaine possession charges

Clemson placekicker Ammon Lakip
Clemson placekicker Ammon Lakip

Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip has been suspended from the football team indefinitely in connection with an arrest earlier made this month, the school announced Wednesday.

“We are aware of Ammon’s arrest, and he was suspended from all team activities and sent home immediately,” coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “He has been suspended indefinitely. His status for the 2015 season will be evaluated later in the summer.”

Lakip was arrested June 11 in Pickens County and charged with possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. Both charges are listed as a first offense for Lakip, according to the public arrest record.

Lakip is the second Clemson football player known to be arrested this offseason. Defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko was dismissed from the team in May after his arrest for one count of financial transaction fraud. He has since enrolled at Tennessee State.

Lakip, from Johns Creek, Ga., was Clemson’s starting placekicker last season and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. He was 21-of-28 on field goals and 43-of-44 on extra points.

The next kicker up for Clemson, according to the most recent depth chart, is Alex Spence, a redshirt freshman from West Florence High.

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