This story was updated at 8:08 p.m.
By Joe Vozzelli
From left: Freshmen Dorial Green-Beckham, Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer were arrested just before midnight Wednesday.
Missouri freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and four other players have been suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.
Green-Beckham, the No. 1 recruit in the 2012 class according to Rivals, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer. Freshman receiver Levi Copelin and freshman linebacker Torey Boozer were also arrested, Weimer said.
Green-Beckham, Copelin and Boozer were found in a white 2004 Lincoln Navigator in parking Lot G, which is just south of Memorial Stadium. The three of them had less than 35 grams of marijuana, according to Weimer. Green-Beckham is the registered owner of the Lincoln Navigator.
Each was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession and released with a summons to appear in court next month. Under a 2004 ballot measure approved by city voters, possession of small amounts of pot in Columbia is treated as a low-level offense in municipal court similar to a traffic citation. Violators typically pay a fine of no more than $250 and receive community service in lieu of jail time.
Capt. Weimer was able to confirm that freshman defensive lineman Harold Brantley and freshman tight end Brandon Holifield were also in the car. They were not arrested, though.
Green-Beckham, who is listed as a reserve but is often on the field in three- and four-receiver sets, is the only player among the five to see meaningful action this year. The rest are expected to redshirt their freshman seasons.
The MU Provost Office couldn’t comment on whether or not Green-Beckham, Copelin or Boozer would be subject to any academic suspensions.
Green-Beckham, Copelin, Boozer, Brantley and Holifield have all been suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt (1-3), Missouri football spokesman Chad Moller said in a statement.
The statement also said the situation would be handled internally and that the team had no further comment.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.