Quarterback Blaine Dalton is off suspension from the Missouri football team and apparently has dodged a potential felony legal bullet.
No charges have been filed by the Boone County prosecutor’s staff involving Dalton’s arrest on suspicion of possession of prescription pills. Assistant prosecutor Stephanie Morrell confirmed that, but she would not comment further.
Jim Dalton, the father of the former Blue Springs South quarterback, told The Kansas City Star, “The whole thing was blown way out of proportion.”
Beyond that, Jim Dalton said: “We’ve been told not to comment.”
It has been a month since police stopped a car Dalton was driving and found in that car 10 pain pills that were not prescribed for Dalton. Since, a friend has told police the pills belonged to him, not Dalton.
During a football camp Tuesday at William Jewell College, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel told The Star that Dalton “is back. That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
David Yost, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, confirmed Dalton is back preparing for fall practice. Dalton completed spring drills as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, behind Blaine Gabbert and Jimmy Costello.
Richardson to junior college
Sheldon Richardson will be at College of the Sequoias, a California junior college, for the upcoming two seasons while trying to qualify academically for Missouri.
Cornell Ford, the assistant coach who recruited Richardson out of St. Louis Gateway Tech, confirmed that on Monday.
However, Richardson — a 6-4, 294-pound defensive lineman who was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 4 recruit in the nation for 2009 — made a promise to Kansas fans on his Facebook page for the day he returns to MU.
“While I’m there, we won’t lose (to KU),” Richardson wrote.
MU camp records
The 227 registered players at Liberty on Tuesday morning were the most Missouri has ever had for a football camp at William Jewell.
The 184 at a previous camp in Springfield, “were 70 more than we ever had” there,” said MU Coach Gary Pinkel.
Still upcoming is MU’s camp in St. Louis, which last year drew more than 600, including 75 quarterbacks.
“And this is at a time when we here attendance at camps is generally down,” Pinkel said.