Third member of MU football program arrested for DWI

Sunday, August 29, 2010 | 6:47 p.m. CDT; updated 8:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 29, 2010
Beau Brinkley, Missouri's walk-on player of the year in the 2008 season, is the team's back-up tight end.

COLUMBIA — Missouri long snapper and backup tight end Beau Brinkley was arrested at 12:22 a.m. Sunday morning in Columbia on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a Kansas City Star report.

Brinkley's arrest marks the third time a member of the football program has been charged with a DWI this month. Co-offensive line coach Bruce Walker was arrested on Aug. 2 in the parking lot outside of the MU athletic training complex on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and linebacker Will Ebner was  arrested on suspicion of the same charge on Aug. 22.

Brinkley, who is currently the third-string tight end behind Michael Egnew and Andrew Jones, has been the team's long snapper since 2008. Brinkley injured his shoulder at Tuesday's practice, and has been sidelined since then with his arm in a sling. 

Team spokesman Chad Moller told the Star that the team would handle the matter internally.

Brinkley, a junior, was a preferred walk-on in 2008. He won the long snapper job before that season started and has held the position ever since. In 2009, Brinkley appealed to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel to let him begin practicing with the offense as well as the special teams.

“He’s just improved. He has a better understanding of the offense,” receivers coach Andy Hill said after a recent practice.



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