UPDATE: MU running back suspended for marijuana possession

5 months 5 days 9 hours ago November 21, 2016 Nov 21, 2016 Monday, November 21 2016 Monday, November 21, 2016 10:25:00 AM CST in News
By: Mark Kim and Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA — Missouri football coach Barry Odom suspended freshman running back Damarea Crockett on Monday after being arrested for marijuana possession.  

Odom says with Crockett's arrest, he's staying true to his team policy of a minimum one game suspension for in-season arrests. Ish Witter and Naterance Strong will get a majority of his carries in Crockett's place. 

MUPD officers arrested Damarea Crockett at 4:43 a.m. this past Sunday morning after they found him in a car with a few other people in a parking lot. MUPD arrested Crockett and accused of having 35 grams or less of marijuana. Major Brian Weimer said Crockett was the only one accused of having marijuana, so he was the only person arrested.

Crockett's arrest comes hours after a record-breaking performance against Tennessee on Saturday. He rushed for a freshman single-game record 225 yards and a single-season freshman record 1,062 yards. Crockett also scored a touchdown in Missouri's 63-37 loss to Tennessee.

The Missouri football team faces Arkansas this Friday at 1:30 p.m.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the most recent information.]

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