Mizzou down another wideout after Copelin uses banned substance

Gary Pinkel's Tigers are down another wide receiver, as sophomore Levi Copelin has been suspended for the 2014 season by the NCAA after testing positive for a banned substance.

Levi Copelin will be spending his 2014 season at Mizzou on the sideline.

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Gary Pinkel's Tigers are down another wide receiver. The NCAA has suspended sophomore Levi Copelin for the 2014 season after testing positive for a banned substance. 

In a statement issued by the university, Copelin explained that he used a workout supplement that was bought legally, but he failed to get approved by the Mizzou staff. 

"This supplement is legal and available to the public, but it isn't approved by the NCAA, and as a result of using it, I failed an NCAA drug test," Copelin said in a press release issued by the school. "This was a stupid mistake on my part, and I'm very sorry that I put myself and my team in this situation. This is a hard lesson to learn, as I never had the wrong intentions.

"I also understand there aren't any shortcuts to success. There's nothing I can do except dedicate myself to representing me, my family, my team, and Mizzou the right way going forward. I'm very grateful to my coaches and my teammates for giving me a chance to overcome this."

With Copelin ruled out, the Tigers now will have only three returning wideouts who have hauled in a pass in college in Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White. 

"This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that Levi created for himself," Pinkel said in the release. "He's paying the price for this mistake, and I commend him for owning up to it and taking responsibility. Our strength coaches and trainers rely on our players to be careful of what they do on their own, and to always get approval from them first. 

"We're disappointed that Levi didn't follow this guideline, but we will support him during this time, and have high expectations that he will handle all of his responsibilities in the classroom, in the community and on the field in a first-class manner."

Copelin finished his 2013 season with three catches for 61 yards and also spent time on special teams.