Jackson withdraws from classes, leaves program

Freshman QB Darrell Jackson has withdrawn from the university to deal with personal issues at home in St. Louis, the team announced Thursday.

Freshman Darrell Jackson, who was locked in a battle with fellow freshman Chase Patton for the third quarterback spot, withdrew from the university and has left the team.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Jackson had been charged as a juvenile in St. Louis County Family Court, with prosecutors seeking to certify him for trail as an adult. The newspaper reported that the alleged crime dates to a time when he was 16, or younger.

Coach Gary Pinkel would not comment on Jackson's future with the team after practice Thursday morning. Whether Jackson would be welcomed back to the team after dealing with his legal issues is unclear.

"He withdrew from classes to attend to personal issues," Pinkel said. "That's the only statement that will be made about the issue, from me or the university."

InsideMizzou will have a full report on Thursday's practice this afternoon.

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