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Missouri’s Pinkel On Suspended WR Green-Beckham: “I’m Disappointed, Frustrated.”

gfx-they-said-it4This week, star Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.  It is the third time the junior-to-be has been suspended from Gary Pinkel’s program.  Speaking yesterday, the Tigers’ coach made it clear he’s tired of the off-field issues:

 

“I have 126 players and I’m responsible for every one of them.  I take that responsibility, just like I have with my three kids.  Obviously, I’m disappointed.  Frustrated.

We run this program with integrity.  We teach our players to be accountable, responsible people.  When they make mistakes — and they’re going to make some mistakes — when they’re serious mistakes, obviously, it stings.  It stings me.  It stings the players.  That stings our fans.  My job is to get it fixed.  That’s what I intend to do.”

 

Green-Beckham was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of drug activity.  He was charged with possession of marijuana in 2012.  Police records show that he is currently tied to a Columbia Police Department investigation into an alleged burglary.  His involvement in the first-degree burglary case is unknown — Victim?  Perpetrator? — at this time.

Green-Beckham finished 9th in the SEC last year in receiving yardage (883) and seventh in catches (59).  He tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions (12) with Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.  Those numbers might explain why it’s “three strikes and you’re suspended again” instead of “three strikes and you’re out.”

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Green-Beckham Update: No Charges Filed

Charges have not yet been filed against Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was arrested early this morning in Springfield, Mo., for “felony distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance.”

It’s unknown if Green-Beckham will face charges regarding the incident.

Green-Beckham was released from Greene County Jail early Saturday morning.

“(The release) probably means he wasn’t involved with what they thought he was involved in,” a jail spokesman told The Maneater, Missouri’s student newspaper.

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Mizzou’s Green-Beckham Arrested (Again) On Pot Charges

marijuana pot funny sign at least not crackWell, it’s clearly football’s offseason now.  We have the first big arrest of the year and that’s a sure tip off that silly season is underway.

Star Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in Springfield, Missouri early this morning on suspicion of drug activity.  What exactly does that mean?  Police wouldn’t say:

 

“It’s an ongoing investigation and we’re not going to comment now on the situation.”

 

However, the Greene County jail website said that Green-Beckham was cited for alleged felony distribution or delivering less than five grams of marijuana.  His name and mugshot have since been removed from that site.  The junior-to-be was also arrested in October 2012 — during his freshman season at Mizzou — along with two teammates for suspicion of marijuana possession.  He later pled that down.

Perhaps DGB should consider transferring to Colorado if he’s determined to keep ingesting THC.

Missouri’s athletic department policy stipulates that any athlete charged with a felony must be suspended from all team activities until the case is resolved.

The Tigers finished this past year 12-2 with an SEC East Division title.  Green-Beckham was second on MU’s team in receiving and 11th in the league with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns.  His 12 TD receptions were tied for the most in the league.  He was the #1 recruit in the nation when he inked with Mizzou two Februarys ago.

If Green-Beckham isn’t careful, his promising football career could go up in smoke.

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Green-Beckham And Two Other Freshmen Suspended For Mizzou’s Game With Vandy

The top signee in America hasn’t gotten off to a great start on the field for Missouri this season.  Now his issues have carried over off the field as well.

Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and fellow freshmen Levi Copelin (receiver) and Torey Boozer (linebacker) were arrested last night for suspicion of less than 35 grams of marijuana.  All three players have been suspended for Saturday’s game in Columbia against Vanderbilt.

Green-Beckham has just seven catches for 128 yards and one touchdown on the season.  The TD came on an 80-yard pass play last week against UCF.

 

UPDATE –   The University of Missouri has clarified that freshman defensive tackle Harold Brantley and freshman tight end Brandon Holifield were also at the scene,  They weren’t arrested but are suspended.

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Top 5 Freshman Wide Receivers

Every school is looking for the next A.J. Green or Julio Jones.

They were freshmen wide receivers who stepped into the SEC in 2008 and became difference makers right away. Truthfully, they’re difficult to find.

But that doesn’t mean players can’t help a passing attack right away. Malcolm Mitchell did last year at Georgia. Justin Hunter became a deep threat as soon as he arrived at Tennessee in 2010.

Who might emerge this year as the next great receiver in the SEC? Let’s see.

Here are the top five freshman wide receivers in the SEC.

1. Dorial Green-Beckham – Missouri

Missouri junior cornerback E.J. Gaines called Green-Beckham a “freak” last week at SEC media days. Gaines, a first-team All-Big 12 member last year, has seen some talented receivers in his two years in college. Green-Beckham still has work to do to learn Missouri’s offense, but he’s too talented to leave on the sideline. Green-Beckham (6-6, 220), who veteran receive T.J. Moe lauded for his offseason work, is one of the nation’s best athletes, and Tigers coach Gary Pinkel knows it. He’s had a plan since the day Green-Beckham signed with Missouri.

2. Eddie Williams – Alabama

He’s a special athlete who could help immediately on offense or defense. Not exactly the same, but think Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia. Williams could walk onto Alabama’s campus and help on either side. The Crimson Tide has an opening at wide receiver, and Williams will likely grab one of the spots. Williams (6-4, 215) has great size to go with his elite athleticism. He will have plenty of competition from his own signing class at receiver – Chris Black and Amari Cooper can both play. But competition shouldn’t hurt Williams’ chances of finding the field.

3. Amari Cooper – Alabama

Nick Saban said last week at media days that Cooper was impressive during spring drills. Saban wouldn’t talk up Cooper unless he had shown he could play. Cooper arrives at Alabama at a great time as the Tide is looking for someone who can help stretch the field. Cooper should help fill that role. Cooper (6-1, 183) is a great complement to Williams and Black. Black isn’t on this list, but like Williams and Cooper, he should help Alabama sooner rather than later. Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron should have plenty to be excited about. So should Alabama fans.

4. Alton Howard – Tennessee

Howard’s versatility will make him a valuable part of Tennessee’s offense. Howard, who saw time at running back while participating in January’s Under Armour All-American Game, can be effective as a slot receiver or option out of the backfield. Howard (5-8, 185) doesn’t have a lot of size but has great speed and quickness. He will miss fall camp after having foot surgery earlier this month, but expect him to find a place on the field when he returns to health.

5. Shaq Roland – South Carolina

How ready is Roland to play this fall? That’s a question being asked by every Gamecock fan as August nears. South Carolina needs playmakers to emerge with the departure of standout receiver Alshon Jeffery, who decided to forego his senior season to enter the NFL. Roland (6-1, 180) is a great athlete who could help in several ways. Junior Ace Sanders will receive a lot of attention, which should create opportunities for Roland. South Carolina will do its best to make sure he’s ready to take advantage.

Be sure to keep up with recruiting from across the SEC on MrSEC.com’s Recruiting Page.

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Top 5 SEC Freshmen In 2012

Jadeveon Clowney. Or Isaiah Crowell.

That’s who every college football team is hoping to find when they recruit the most highly-touted players in each year’s class. Both Clowney and Crowell helped their teams last season as freshmen. And the top incoming freshmen for 2012 could do the same.

Now, finding another Clowney could be difficult. His athleticism is freakish. But there might be one on this list (on offense this time). And could there be another Crowell? Maybe – on his own team.

Here are the top five freshmen entering the SEC in 2012.

1. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia

The Bulldogs signed Marshall (5-11, 202) hoping he would be able to help right away. Crowell is expected to hang on to the starting tailback job, and people believe he’s matured and made himself a better player. But Marshall will be there to push him. Marshall, who enrolled at Georgia in the spring, will provide a change of pace to Crowell’s tough running style. Marshall might be the nation’s best playmaker in the 2012 class.

2. WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Missouri

If Marshall isn’t the top playmaker in the 2012 class, it could be this guy. Green-Beckham (6-6, 220) is a big target who should create matchup problems as soon as he walks on the field. He’s that maybe-the-next-Clowney guy I mentioned above. The SEC has seen freshman receivers enter the league and help immediately, guys like A.J. Green and Malcolm Mitchell at Georgia and Julio Jones at Alabama. Quarterback James Franklin is already proven as a passer at Missouri. He’ll be even better with Green-Beckham.

3. RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama

Alabama’s depth chart at running back is set at the top with junior Eddie Lacy returning from last year’s national championship team. But SEC teams always need depth in the backfield, and Yeldon can provide it. The former Auburn commit enrolled in the spring and showed he’ll be ready to play this fall. Yeldon (6-2, 216) is an explosive player who can help as a runner and receiver. Alabama coach Nick Saban will use him as both.

4. OL D.J. Humphries – Florida

There’s a reason Gators coach Will Muschamp made recruiting the state of North Carolina a high priority (the Gators signed four from the Tar Heel State). The state has prospects like Humphries, who some consider the top offensive line prospect in the 2012 class. Humphries (6-6, 272) has room to add weight, but he has the skill and talent to help this fall. Watch the competition on the offensive line. If Muschamp doesn’t like what he sees from the veterans, Humphries will have an opportunity to help the Gators this season.

5. OL John Theus – Georgia

Don’t be surprised if he starts at left tackle this fall. Yes, Theus is that good. Georgia’s need is also that strong. Whether it’s on the left or right side, Georgia could need Theus (6-6, 295) on the field on the first offensive snap of the season. The coaching staff will have a better idea when the fall arrives, but they’re hoping Theus looks like an SEC player when Georgia puts the pads on. Remember last year’s anticipation of Crowell in Athens? That will likely repeat itself with Theus this fall.

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Report: Green-Beckham Will Choose Missouri

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield, Mo., is expected to choose Missouri over Arkansas when he signs his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

That report is courtesy of John Hoover, who covers Oklahoma football for the Tulsa World. Hoover wrote the following on twitter:

“Extremely good source just told me Dorial Green-Beckham to Missouri. Influential visit last wknd. Things can change but I trust him.”

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Green-Beckham, who’s widely considered to be the nation’s top wide receiver, has also considered Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas.

The move might come as a surprise to some as Green-Beckham has recently been considered a lean to Arkansas. The addition of Green-Beckham would come at a nice time as Missouri prepares to play its first season in the SEC.

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Petrino Won’t Visit Green-Beckham To Avoid Violation

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino won’t visit wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham at his home on Thursday night.

Petrino inadvertently bumped into Green-Beckham when they were both in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month. The decision not to visit Green-Beckham is to avoid a potential NCAA violation.

“No violation has occurred and we are taking proactive steps we feel necessary to avoid any risk of one,” Arkansas said in a statement.

The decision to not make an in-home visit shouldn’t have an effect on the decision of Green-Beckham, who took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend.

Green-Beckham, who is also considering Missouri and Texas, is considered by many to be leaning toward signing with Arkansas.

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Green-Beckham Race Coming To A Close

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield, Mo., is arguably the most coveted prospect in the nation.

He certainly is in the SEC, at least according to us.

But which college will Green-Beckham choose when he announces on ESPNU on Feb. 1?

ESPN National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill told the Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday he believes it’s a three-horse race involving Arkansas, Missouri and Texas.

“I’d give a slight lead to Arkansas,” Luginbill said on the show.

So would CBSSports.com writer Bryan Fischer, who said on WNML Radio he thinks “there’s a good chance” Green-Beckham signs with Arkansas.

Texas has been considered a longshot to land Green-Beckham but hasn’t given up. Longhorn coaches are scheduled to see Green-Beckham at his home this week.

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Does Arkansas Lead For Nation’s Top Receiver?

Dorial Green-Beckham can sign with any school in the country.

That’s why Arkansas is fortunate to be near the hometown of the wide receiver from Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo.

Sources from a program recruiting Green-Beckham recently told JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com that Arkansas and Oklahoma are the top two teams on Green-Beckham’s list. Arkansas appears to have an edge because of its proximity to Springfield.

“It was their opinion that he would end up at Arkansas or Oklahoma and they characterized the Sooners as a ‘close second’ in the race,” Shurburtt wrote.

Texas and Missouri are also recruiting Green-Beckham but each school should be considered a “longshot,” according to Shurburtt.

Green-Beckham, who’s considered the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver prospect by 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and Sporting News, is just beginning to take his official visits.

He recently took his first official visit to Texas and still has trips planned to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and perhaps Alabama. He maintains his list of schools is wide open.

“I’m just taking visits and stuff right now,” Green-Beckham recently told Sporting News, “but I haven’t picked the school just yet. I’m pretty much wide open and taking visits. The pressure of it all, sometimes I get sick of it, but sometimes it’s fun to experience it.

“But I mean, I’m not really too picky about the pressure because I know how to handle it, and I let everything just fly by.”

Sort of like Green-Beckham has done against his competition. He set a national record this year by passing the 6,000-yard mark for career receiving yards, according to Sporting News.

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