Mizzou backup caught with drugs

Updated: May 1, 2009, 7:06 PM ET
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com

Missouri freshman quarterback Blaine Dalton has been suspended after he was arrested on Thursday night after a traffic stop near the Missouri campus.

Columbia police stopped a vehicle driven by Dalton and found 10 Hydrocodone pills, a prescription painkiller, and alcohol, Columbia police Lt. Scott Young said.

Dalton was arrested on several charges, including suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of false identification and three traffic charges. He was released from the Boone County Jail early Friday morning after posting bonds totaling $5,000, Young said.

Missouri athletic department spokesman Chad Moller said Friday that Dalton has been suspended from team activities.

Dalton, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, started spring as the Tigers' fourth-string quarterback after skipping his final semester at Blue Springs (Mo.) High School to prepare for the upcoming season. He was considered a candidate to redshirt after sophomore Blaine Gabbert and sophomore Jimmy Costello had staked their claim at quarterback during the Tigers' spring practice.

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