Pelini Boots Kevin Dixon

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini marked the start of fall camp Monday by announcing that defensive lineman Kevin Dixon has been kicked off the team citing an undisclosed violation of rules.

Pelini wouldn't comment on the specifics of the dismissal.

Dixon was ticketed by university police on July 4th after being seen urinating in a campus parking lot and again on July 13th for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Both cases were later dismissed.

Dixon played in all 12 games last season, starting four of them. He had 12 of his 19 tackles in a three-game stretch against Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

The preseason depth charted listed Dixon, a senior, as the top backup at both tackle spots.

Pelini also announced that freshman Baker Steinkuhler will begin preseason practice as a defensive lineman and that offensive tackle Jaivorio Burkes will miss the start of practice because of an undisclosed medical issue.

The Huskers held a 2½-hour afternoon workout in helmets and shorts. NU returns six starters each on offense and defense. "They're excited, ready to go and looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead," said Pelini.

The Huskers were 5-7 last season, tied for last in the Big 12 North. They return to practice at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.