Mizzou suspends 5 players after campus pot bust

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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Green-Beckham, who is listed as a reserve but is often on the field in three- and four-receiver sets, is the only player among the five to see meaningful action this season for Missouri (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference). But much has been expected of the player known as DGB since he committed to Mizzou after a record-breaking career at Hillcrest High in the southwest Missouri city of Springfield, where he caught 75 touchdowns and compiled a national-record 6,353 receiving yards.

Those expectations have taken a hit in Missouri's first SEC season after its move from the Big 12.

Green, who is 6-6 and 220 pounds, caught three passes for 32 yards in the season opener, but settled for only one reception in each of the next three games. He scored his first career touchdown on an 80-yard reception last Saturday in a 21-16 win at Central Florida and has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown through five games

Before the suspension, offensive coordinator Dave Yost acknowledged that Missouri needs to target Green-Beckham more often.

"When you see it in practice all the time, he's so talented," Yost said. "We've just got to give him the ball more. We've got to give him more opportunities."

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Freelance writer Jake Kreinberg contributed to this report.

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