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  • Dalton happy to be reinstated

  • Blaine Dalton is glad to be focusing on football again.

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  • Blaine Dalton is glad to be focusing on football again.
    “It’s great to be back practicing with the team,” the Blue Springs South graduate said after being reinstated to the University of Missouri football squad by coach Gary Pinkel.
    Dalton spoke to The Examiner Wednesday after learning that no felony charges would be filed against him for his arrest by Columbia police a month ago.
    Dalton was suspended by Pinkel following the freshman quarterback’s arrest on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of false identification and three traffic charges, including a lane violation and failure to provide insurance.
    But Pinkel said the suspension has been lifted after learning that no charges have been filed by the Boone County prosecuting attorney. Dalton is back battling for the starting quarterback job. After entering Mizzou for the spring semester, he completed spring practice as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Blaine Gabbert and Jimmy Costello.
    “My attorney called me and told me I could go back and join the team,” Dalton said by phone from Columbia Wednesday evening. “I didn’t go to court, and I’m not sure about all of the charges, but I think for the most part, it’s all over. There still might be something with the MIP (minor in possession), but the felony charges are gone.”
    Fresh off a road trip to Cleveland, where he and friends and former Blue Springs South High School football teammates Brian Geraghty and Jordan Philpott watched Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals between the Cavaliers and visiting Orlando Magic, Dalton spoke of returning to the team.
    “We’re back practicing and I’m pretty much back where I was before the suspension,” Dalton said. “I’ve had a good talk with Coach Pinkel, and I was lucky to only miss a couple of sessions.”
    When asked how it feels to be back with the football team, Dalton said, “It feels great. I feel like a college kid again. I had a great time with Brian and Jordan going to Cleveland to see the Cavs.
    “They won the game we went to, and that was cool. I’ve been home a few times, went to see some of my friends at their graduation parties and walked with my (graduating) class, which was a lot of fun. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.”
    Following his arrest, Dalton told The Examiner he was handcuffed and placed in the officer’s car when they found a bottle containing 10 pills of hydrocodone, a prescription pain killer, and an unopened can of beer.
    “They looked in my car and found an unopened beer in the glove compartment,” Dalton said. “It was warm. I don’t know how long it had been in there. It wasn’t cold and it wasn’t open, and I wasn’t drunk or anything like that.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Dalton said a police officer then brought the prescription bottle to Dalton and asked him, “Who’s Wilson?”
    Wilson is Dalton’s former Blue Springs South teammate Zach Wilson, an offensive lineman who started three years with the Jaguars and then went to Northwest Missouri State on a football scholarship before giving up the sport last season.
    Wilson’s name was on the prescription bottle and he confirmed that he left the pills in Dalton’s car.
    “They’re mine,” Wilson told The Examiner a month ago. “I don’t remember the exact date I went to MU to see Blaine, but I had on some shorts with no pockets and I threw the pills in his glove compartment. People are asking why I left the pills there and didn’t need them. I had shoulder surgery last September, and the pills I left in his car weren’t strong enough.
    “I got a stronger dose. I didn’t even remember they were in his glove compartment until Blaine called me after it all came down.”     
    Dalton led the Blue Springs South football team to a Class 6 state championship his sophomore year. The Jaguars lost to eventual state champion Rockhurst in the district championship game his junior year and last year the Jaguars lost to Hazelwood Central in the Class 6 state title game.
    Dalton was The Examiner’s Player of the Year in 2008. He threw for 65 touchdowns and passed for more than 5,000 yards in his career at South.
    In three spring scrimmages at MU, Dalton completed 21 of 44 passes for 193 yards and an interception.
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