The backup quarterback picture at Missouri has just become a whole lot clearer, only not in the fashion head coach Gary Pinkel would have hoped.
According to a press released by the university Friday morning, true freshman quarterback Blaine Dalton has been dismissed from the football program following his second arrest in less than four months.
Dalton, 18, was arrested early this morning by university police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported, citing an informed source. At approximately 1:16 a.m. Friday, Dalton was pulled over for failure to drive within a single lane and given a field sobriety and breathalyzer test by a member of the MU police department.
Dalton was also cited for operating an unlicensed motor vehicle. The results of the tests have not been disclosed while the investigation is ongoing.
Dalton was incarcerated and later released Friday morning on $500 bond.
When questioned by the Kansas City Star about the incident, Dalton had little to say about his chances of returning to the Missouri program.
"I don't know," said Dalton, who was dismissed for violation of team conduct policies. "I can't answer anything else right now. Maybe later."
This marks Dalton's second arrest since arriving on the Missouri campus in January. A standout quarterback at Kansas City's Blue Springs South High School, Dalton was arrested on April 30 after a traffic stop revealed he was in possession of 10 pills of the prescription painkiller Hydrocodone and an unopened can of beer.
Dalton averted felony drug possession charges when a high school teammate came forward and claimed ownership of the pills, stating he accidentally left them in Dalton's car during a trip to Columbia. Upon pleading guilty to minor in possession of alcohol and a pair of traffic offenses, Dalton had his license revoked and was instructed to undergo an alcohol abuse evaluation. He also paid $261 in fines.
Following the incident, Dalton was suspended indefinitely by Pinkel but later reinstated after the felony charges were dropped.
After leading the Jaguars to the Class 6A state championship game last season, Dalton became one of the country's highest-rated dual-threat quarterbacks, sparking a recruiting war that involved schools like Florida and Florida State. Staying true to his roots, Dalton pledged a commitment to Missouri and quickly entered the quarterback race during spring practices after enrolling a semester early.
Amid a flurry of freshman mistakes, Dalton struggled at times in preseason camp, but he was still involved in a neck-and-neck race for the No. 2 quarterback job with sophomore Jimmy Costello.
Dalton was 5-of-12 for 18 yards and an interception in the Tigers' final preseason scrimmage held on Thursday. Overall, in three preseason scrimmages, Dalton completed 33 of 61 passes for 277 yards to go with two interceptions and a touchdown, and had impressed the coaching staff with his ability to make plays with both his arm and feet.
The race between he and Costello was expected to endure until the release of the official regular season depth chart on Monday. The No. 3 quarterback job, presumably Dalton's had he lost out to Costello, now belongs to Ashton Glaser, another true freshman.
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