Eastern Illinois University is not expecting wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to play this season after initially sensing the former Missouri standout could join the FCS program.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler, Green-Beckham instead could follow the course of former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who after multiple failed drug tests was kicked off of the Tigers’ team and entered a rehab facility rather than playing at a lower level. Mathieu entered the 2013 NFL Draft and was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
Green-Beckham told the St. Louis Dispatch last month that he has been “young and dumb,” and his father and Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel have told him football is not a short-term priority.
Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham on April 11 for allegedly forcefully entering an apartment at 2:30 a.m. and allegedly pushed a woman down several stairs. He was also arrested on a drug charge in January after a car he was in with two other men was pulled over and the police officer reported smelling marijuana coming from the car. It was the second marijuana-related arrest for Green-Beckham since arriving at Missouri in 2012.
Before the incidents, Green-Beckham was considered the top underclassman wide receiver prospect and a potential top 10 draft pick in the 2015 draft. He is now the No. 3-rated junior wide receiver by NFLDraftScout.com.
As of earlier this month, Missouri had yet to release Green-Beckham, according to CBS Sports.
Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013.
“Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs,” Pinkel said. “As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”