COLUMBIA — Freshman Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the No. 1 recruit last season according to Rivals.com, was arrested in a parking lot 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.
Green-Beckham, Boozer and Copelin were found with less than 35 grams of marijuana in a white Lincoln Navigator, registered to Green-Beckham, in parking lot G, just south of Memorial Stadium. The vehicle is a 2004 model, according to the Kansas City Star. Freshman defensive lineman Harold Brantley and freshman tight end Brandon Holifield were also in the vehicle but not arrested.
Weimer said many drug related arrests are made in relation to single vehicles in empty parking lots or garages.
"It stands out," Weimer said.
Weimer explained that even though MUPD made the arrests, it would be the same as if a Columbia Police Department officer had made the arrests because Columbia's drug laws apply to campus. Weimer said the arrest would most likely be handled as student discipline.
Under a 2004 ballot measure approved by Columbia 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.
All five players are suspended for one game, according to Missouri football's team spokesman Chad Moller. Out of the five, only Green-Beckham was expected to play. The other four, all scholarship athletes, have not yet played for the Tigers and are expected to redshirt this season.
Green-Beckham hails from Springfield and starred as a receiver and basketball player at Hillcrest High School. Copelin and Boozer, the two other players arrested, are from Broken Arrow, Okla., and Everman, Texas, respectively. Holifield is from Tallahassee, Fla., and Brantley is from Hershey, Pa.
Moller released a statement announcing that the players would be suspended for one game, and beyond that, the matter would be handled internally. He made no further comment.
For Green-Beckham, the arrest comes just four days after scoring his first touchdown as a Missouri Tiger. Green-Beckham has not started a game but has gotten significant playing time on offense.
In five games, Green-Beckham has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost said Monday that the team wants to get the ball to the talented freshman more often. Now, Missouri will have to wait until the game against No. 1 ranked Alabama. Junior tight end Eric Waters, who starts ahead of Green-Beckham at the Y-receiver position, could see more playing time this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.