Missouri Football: Dorial Green-Beckham Arrest Should Concern Tiger Fans

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 4, 2012

Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
Missouri WR Dorial Green-BeckhamDouglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Missouri's first month in the SEC hasn't gone according to plan.

The Tigers were blown out on their home field, 41-20, by Georgia in the first-ever SEC game played in Columbia, Mo., and then followed that up two weeks later with a 31-10 clunker at South Carolina.

When it rains, it pours.

Three Missouri players, including wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, were arrested for possession of marijuana and suspended for this weekend's game versus Vanderbilt, according to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.

Should Missouri fans worry about Green-Beckham following the arrest?

Coupled with his slow start, the time to be concerned is approaching. 

Green-Beckham was the nation's No. 1 overall recruit last season, according to Rivals.com. The 6'6", 220-pound wide receiver was supposed to come in and become a legitimate weapon from the moment that he set foot on campus.

Lofty expectations, no doubt. But so far, Green-Beckham hasn't lived up to them.

He has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown in his first five games, including an 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown last week versus UCF.

Not exactly an immediate impact. 

This is a "what have you done for me lately?" society, and dismissing Green-Beckham as a "recruiting bust" this early in his career is incredibly irresponsible and borderline crazy. But his absence from the offense and subsequent arrest certainly make it look like the first half of his freshman season is already lost.

That won't necessarily become a trend, but it could.

There's plenty of time for Green-Beckham to get back in the good graces of Tiger fans and put together the type of career that was expected of him when he signed on the dotted line last February.

But the start of his Missouri career hasn't gone according to plan, and the arrest for marijuana possession certainly doesn't help matters.