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Mizzou QB Berkstresser Arrested

Backup Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser has been arrested for leaving the scene of an accident this morning and he could face a Class D felony charge for damaging another vehicle, according to The Columbia Tribune.  Berkstresser might be listed as the Tigers’ backup QB, but he took the reins of the offense following starter James Franklin’s shoulder surgery early in spring drills.

In other words, this might be a little bit more serious than the run of the mill backup quarterback arrest story.

The question now becomes: “How will head coach Gary Pinkel respond?”

In 2008, Tiger D-lineman Jimmy Burge was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and he was allowed to remain a member of the football team.  Last year, however, defensive back Tristen Holt was dismissed from the squad after a similar incident.

Obviously, Berkstresser’s previous conduct and the details of his case will influence Pinkel’s decision.  But with Franklin still recovering from his surgery, don’t be surprised if Pinkel doesn’t take Berkstresser’s status as the current #1 quarterback into account, too.

At this rate, will Missouri and Georgia have enough bodies on the field to actually play the Tigers’ SEC opener in September?

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