Masoli pleads not guilty to pot charges

Masoli pleads not guilty to pot charges

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 16 at 7:58 AM

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges that led to his dismissal from the football team.

Masoli entered the not guity via mail to the Springfield Municipal Court. A trial date has not been set, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

Masoli was dismissed from the school’s football program for a failure to adhere to obligations previously outlined by head football coach Chip Kelly.

The two-year starter had previously been suspended by Kelly for the entire 2010 season in March prior to the start of spring practice after Masoli pled guilty to misdemeanor charges surrounding a burglary during the winter term.

Springfield police stopped Masoli's vehicle last week and cited him on charges of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a driveway or a sidewalk.

Masoli led Oregon to 10-3 records each of the past two seasons and its first Rose Bowl appearance in 15 years in 2009.

He was selected a second-team all-league choice by the Pacific-10 Conference coaches a year ago after completing 177 of 305 passes for 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, in addition to running for 668 yards and 13 scores.

Masoli was named MVP at the 2008 Holiday Bowl after leading the Ducks to a 42-31 win over Oklahoma State.

The San Francisco native was Oregon's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks (1,386 yards) and ninth on the program’s career total offense chart (5,277 yards).

Masoli has one season of collegiate eligibility remaining.

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