COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) - A day after losing one of their biggest stars, the University of Missouri football team was back on the field Saturday for practice. After a third run-in with the law, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off the team Friday.
Some of the players say it was a wakeup call for all of them.
"On and off the field you're a Tiger, and it's always eyes on you," says redshirt senior running back Marcus Murphy. "So you've just got to behave in the right manner. I'm sorry for the things that happened. That was my brother. It'll be sad without him, but we just got to move on as an offense and keep working hard."
Murphy says seeing the man just named the best returning wide out in the SEC kicked off the team sends a message.
"You actually have to behave in the right manner or you will get dismissed," Murphy said.
According to the police report, Dorial Green-Beckham allegedly forced himself into his girlfriend's apartment last weekend. He pushed her roommate down at least four stairs, and according to text messages in that report drug his girlfriend out by the neck.
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"He's still our brother and everything, so we're still fine," said redshirt senior wide receiver Darius White.
DGB wasn't arrested, but he was suspended from the team earlier in the week. And Friday he was dismissed.
"...number one we want to help Dorial get better, and I think that's real important. And to get some help," said coach Gary Pinkel. "The other number one is I have to protect the integrity of the program."
Coach Pinkel tells us it was a tough decision, but the right one.
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"I've got to deal with the situation, whether it's his or others I've had in the past, and you've just got to do what's right. That's the priority, to do what's right," he said. "And right isn't saying 'gosh we're losing a really good player and we're going to really miss him next year.'"
"Like coach Pinkel told us, we can't let that distract us. We've got to keep getting better," said sophomore defensive back and St. Louis native Aarion Penton.
"The main thing for us is everybody worrying about themselves and we're going to be fine that way," said redshirt sophomore and likely starting quarterback Maty Mauk. "We're just going to come out here like he was here. We're gonna come out here and fine tune our offense, we're going to work on the tempo, and we're going to get better."
As for what this means on the field, the players and coaches say DGB has some very large shoes to fill, but there are plenty of playmakers still here and ready to step up to fill those shoes.