Dorial Green-Beckham Among 3 Missouri Tigers Suspended After Marijuana Arrest

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2012

Missouri will be without three freshmen for Saturday's matchup against Vanderbilt University.

Update: Friday, Oct. 5, 10:31 a.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, Missouri has suspended two more players involved in the incident.

Freshman defensive lineman Harold Brantley and freshman tight end Brandon Holifield were both suspended for one game for being present, although they were not arrested. Neither are starters on the team.

---End of Update---


Dorial Green-Beckham, Levi Copelin and Tory Boozer were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday night, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune's Joe Walljasper—and all three players will be suspended for Saturday's game, according to a tweet from Walljasper:

 

MU freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, Levi Copelin and Tory Boozer arrested for possession of marijuana, supsended for Saturday's game

— Joe Walljasper (@JoeWalljasper) October 4, 2012

 

University of Missouri police captain Brian Weimer told Walljasper that the three players were arrested just before midnight after they were caught with less than 35 grams of marijuana in their car.

 

What It Means

The loss of Copelin and Boozer obviously isn't going to hurt the Tigers in any major way, but the same cannot be said for Green-Beckham, who ranked as the nation's top recruit entering the 2012 season, according to Walljasper.

Even as a freshman, Green-Beckham has already made a discernible impact on the field. Never was that more obvious than in last weekend's 21-16 win over Central Florida: Green-Beckham made one huge 80-yard touchdown reception to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

 

What Comes Next

The Tigers are going to miss Green-Beckham's impact on Saturday against Vanderbilt, even if the Commodores aren't the most intimidating of opponents. Vanderbilt is currently 1-3 and 0-2 in SEC play.

But not only should the Tigers beat Vanderbilt—they need to beat Vanderbilt. They've alternated wins and losses throughout the first month of the season and currently stand at 3-2; a victory over a fellow SEC East opponent will be crucial for a team that has yet to register its first conference win.

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