Missouri regained a little insurance at the quarterback position on Monday.
The charge was set at a misdemeanor in court, opening the door for Berkstresser to be reinstated to the team. The initial damage to the parked car that Berkstresser was accused of hitting was estimated at more than $1,000, which would fall under the felony category, according to the Columbia (Mo.) police probable cause statement. Missouri has a university policy that requires athletes who have been charged with a felony or face a possible felony charge to be automatically suspended.
Berkstresser's status was even more important for the Tigers because starting quarterback James Franklin is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Berkstresser worked with the first unit on offense for most of the spring after Franklin underwent surgery.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said during the SEC spring meetings last week that Franklin was ahead of schedule in his recovery and that doctors expected him to be ready to go in time for the Tigers' opener against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1.