Mississippi State wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson was arrested on Friday on drug charges.
It’s been a trying week for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen as two of his returning star offensive players made news for the sorts of things no coach wants.
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First, his star quarterback Dak Prescott was assaulted at a Spring Break party in Panama City. Friday, Prescott’s main returning weapon, receiver De’Runnya Wilson, was arrested and charged for drug possession.
The former, at least, appears to be of no apparent fault of the quarterback. Wilson, though, cannot plead ignorance or innocence. River Falls, AL police chief Greg Jackson says that Wilson and three other men were pulled over for speeding on Friday and found to be in possession of marijuana.
The Jeep in which they were driving also contained drug paraphernalia and so they were arrested for second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other three are not football players.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was made aware of the incident but as of yet has not commented.
Mullen’s Bulldogs had the best season in school history in 2014, as the team raced out to a 9-0 start and the school’s first ever No. 1 national ranking, which they held longer than any team in college football.
After losing to Alabama, however, the team dropped in the rankings. They still went to the Orange Bowl and Prescott was considered a potential NFL quarterback prospect, but elected to return for his final year in Starkville.
Now he may be regretting that decision. He almost certainly would not have been at the Panama City Spring Break spot, nor would he be facing the possibility of playing next season without his top returning passing target.
Wilson will almost surely face a suspension, and perhaps more, if Mullen deems this an unforgivable offense.
Wilson shone last season, and would likely enter next year as one of the top receivers in the country. NFL talent evaluators have already begun getting excited about Wilson.
But this incident will call into question his character, the most dreaded denigration against an NFL prospect. Wilson had 47 catches for 680 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bulldogs in their magical season.
Wilson was a two-time Mr. Basketball in the State of Alabama and only played football as a freshman and senior. But that will not matter to the police.
Mullen and the Bulldogs are preparing to start Spring practice on Wednesday.
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