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Friday, August 28, 2009
Missouri boots Dalton following arrest

By Tim Griffin
ESPN.com

Freshman backup quarterback Blaine Dalton has been dismissed from the Missouri football team after his early morning arrest Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Dalton, 18, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. by Missouri campus police on the Missouri campus at the corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue, University of Missouri police Capt. Brian Weimer said.

Dalton was also cited for failure to drive within a single lane and operating an unlicensed motor vehicle. He was later released after posting $500 bond.

Friday's arrest was Dalton's second in Columbia, Mo., in four months. On April 30, he was arrested by Columbia police who found 10 pills of Hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, and an unopened beer can during a traffic stop of his car.

He was not charged with felony drug possession after his earlier arrest, but later pleaded guilty to a minor in possession of alcohol and two traffic offenses. The Columbia Tribune reported that Dalton was ordered to pay $261 in fines, surrender his driver's license to the court for a suspension and receive a "substance abuse assessment."

After his earlier arrest, Dalton was suspended from the Missouri team for a few weeks before rejoining his team for summer workouts. He had made quick progress in the Missouri offense and was involved in a tight battle with Jimmy Costello for the backup job behind starter Blaine Gabbert heading into the Tigers' Sept. 5 opener against Illinois in St. Louis.

Dalton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, started the spring as the Tigers' fourth-string quarterback after skipping his final semester at Blue Springs (Mo.) High School to prepare for the upcoming season. But his quick development in Missouri's offense had enabled him a chance to likely play this season after he was originally thought to likely be redshirted this season.

Tim Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com. You may contact him at espntimgriff@yahoo.com.