Missouri sophomore cornerback Aarion Penton has been suspended indefinitely by the team after he was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession Friday morning by Columbia police.
Penton’s arrest, his second since March, was for alleged possession of fewer than 35 grams of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.
It’s unclear if Penton would be reinstated before the Tigers’ next game, Nov. 15 at Texas A&M.
Missouri, which moved into first place in the SEC East last week with a 20-10 win against Kentucky, already will be without senior strong safety Braylon Webb for the first half because of NCAA rules. He was flagged for targeting and ejected late in the fourth quarter against the Wildcats.
Last March, Penton was arrested along with teammate Shaun Rupert and two basketball players, Wes Clark and Shane Rector, on suspicion of marijuana possession. Rector has since transferred from MU.
Penton, Rupert and wide receiver J’Mon Moore, who was in the car but not cited during the March incident, were all suspended from the Tigers’ first spring practice.
Penton — a 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner from St. Louis — ranks 10th on Missouri with 30 tackles, including two for a loss. His seven pass breakups and 10 passes defended lead the Tigers, while his three interceptions ranks second behind Webb.