Mizzou linebacker Boozer booted off team

2013-06-17T09:34:00Z 2013-06-17T13:11:04Z Mizzou linebacker Boozer booted off teamBy Dave Matter dmatter@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8508 stltoday.com

COLUMBIA, Mo. * Redshirt freshman linebacker Torey Boozer has been dismissed from the Missouri football team for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, team spokesman Chad Moller confirmed Monday. Boozer plans to transfer to Southern Methodist, according to his Twitter account. Boozer was unavailable for comment.

Boozer, who signed with MU in 2012, redshirted last season and worked mostly with the third and fourth units during spring practices but also missed time after suffering a concussion.

Boozer is the third player from Mizzou’s 2012 freshman class to be kicked off the team, following tight end Brandon Holifield and defensive back Ka’ra Stewart. Holifield was dismissed for violating team rules shortly before being arrested for marijuana possession in November.

Stewart was arrested twice for marijuana possession last year, after which he was dismissed in December.

Boozer was late to report to preseason camp last August after a holdup with the NCAA Eligibility Center. He was arrested in October along with two teammates on suspicion of marijuana possession. In February he pleaded guilty to a reduced city violation charge of second-degree trespassing. He was assessed a $200 fine plus court costs. Boozer, from Everman, Texas, was a two-time all-district selection at Everman High School and rated the No. 42 outside linebacker in the 2012 recruiting class by ESPN.

Boozer’s departure shouldn’t leave defensive coordinator Dave Steckel too shorthanded at linebacker. The Tigers return seven scholarship players at the position, including two St. Louis natives from his recruiting class, redshirt freshmen Michael Scherer (MICDS) and Donavin Newsom (Parkway North), both of whom had more work with the top units during spring practices. Mizzou also adds two incoming freshmen at linebacker, Eric Beisel (Rockwood Summit) and Joey Burkett (Jefferson City).

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