Jarrell Harrison: Missouri Safety Arrested on Suspicion of Shoplifting

Ryan FallerAnalyst IJuly 3, 2010

Preseason practices are still a month away, but the depth chart at Missouri may have already become a little less crowded.

Though not necessarily in the manner the coaching staff would prefer.

The Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter is reporting that MU safety Jarrell Harrison was arrested Friday evening on suspicion of shoplifting at a Columbia-area mall.

Police officials told the paper that Harrison, 23, was arrested at approximately 6:30 p.m. and taken into custody on misdemeanor shoplifting charges.

Harrison was later released.

Police officials would not identify the item that Harrison allegedly stole, nor would they disclose the value of the item. If convicted, under Missouri law, Harrison could face up to a year in prison, in addition to a $1,000 fine.

Per Matter's report, school officials have been unavailable for comment.

As one might expect, this incident does not bode well for Harrison's chances to earn a starting safety spot for the upcoming season, particularly in the eyes of head coach Gary Pinkel, who possesses little tolerance for player arrests.

Pinkel dismissed quarterback Blaine Dalton from the program last August, after the true freshman was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated . For Dalton, a sought-after recruit from Blue Springs, Mo. who was hoping to compete for a chance to back up starter Blaine Gabbert , it was his second arrest in a span of four months.

Time will tell whether Pinkel exercises similar discretion with Harrison, who presumably had the inside track on securing the starting strong safety spot this season after registering 47 tackles as a first-year starter in 2009.

But that was before spring ball, when Harrison was relegated to the second and third units during workouts for undisclosed reasons.

Now, in the wake of his arrest, Harrison's fate is anybody's guess.

At this point, he may be considered lucky to be given a chance to compete in a secondary that come preseason camp will be saturated with competition that is headlined by Jasper Simmons , last season's starter at free safety, and Kenji Jackson , a former starter as a freshman who also has significant experience.

Crowding the depth chart even more will be a considerable number of highly-touted freshmen who will arrive on campus just in time for the start of preseason workouts on August 5.

Then there's Harrison's former teammate, Kenronte Walker , who will be making the leap from the junior college level to seek a role in whatever capacity he can in the MU defensive backfield.

A former junior college standout at City College of San Francisco, Harrison transferred to Missouri prior to last season and used his experience to quickly grab a prominent role on the MU defense.

Despite dislocating an elbow just weeks prior to the 2009 season, Harrison played in 13 games, including eight starts at strong safety.

Photo credit: Patrick T. Fallon (Columbia Missourian )