Missouri Tigers’ Aarion Penton Suspended Indefinitely


Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest on on Friday for marijuana possession. This is the second run-in with the law this year for the true sophomore, a product of CBC high school in St. Louis, who was arrested this past spring for marijuana possession in companion with several members of Mizzou’s basketball team.

The suspension of Penton is significant for the Tigers, as he’s their top cornerback. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, who spent time as a starter in place of the injured E.J. Gaines last year, has three interceptions, 30 total tackles, seven pass breakups, and 10 passes defended this season. Look for redshirt sophomore John Gibson to possibly take over in the starting lineup in Penton’s absence. Regardless of who fills his spot, his presence will likely be missed next week against Texas A&M, which features a pass-heavy attack and had 277 passing yards for four touchdowns on Saturday in their upset defeat of Auburn.

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It should be interesting to see what the verdict is on Penton’s future with the team. At times in the past, Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel has tended to lose patience with players after two incidents, although in recent years it seems that players are getting three strikes, such as wide receivers Levi Copelin and Dorial Green-Beckham, both of whom ended up being kicked off the team in the end. Considering that Penton is a valuable starter, look for him to get one more chance, especially that he wasn’t involved in a crime that was harmful to society, as Green-Beckham’s allegation of domestic violence was.