Sutton scores a touchdown

Appalachian State’s Corey Sutton scores a touchdown against Troy. Sutton was arrested for possession of marijuana by Boone Police on June 7.

BOONE — Appalachian State receiver Corey Xavier Sutton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana by the Boone Police Department June 7.

Sutton, 21, of 386 South Ridge Road, Banner Elk, was arrested at 9:48 p.m. He was released at 10:35 p.m. on a written promise and his trial date is July 22.

According to the arrest report, Sutton was stopped by police on N.C Highway 105 because of a his left headlight was not working. The arresting officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the car.

The officer questioned Sutton if he had marijuana in the car, which Sutton said that he had, in the center console of the the vehicle. While the arresting officer was speaking to another officer who arrived on the scene, the report read that Sutton consumed the marijuana and put the plastic bag it was in back into the center console.

Sutton caught 44 passes for 773 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Mountaineers in 2018.

He was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second-team in 2018.

Sutton transferred to Appalachian State from Kansas State, but had to sit out the 2017 season because of NCAA transfer rules. His father, Clarence Sutton, played safety at Appalachian State from 1993-95.

Head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz relayed a statement through Appalachian State spokesman Joey Jones that said, “We’re aware of the situation and we are handling it internally.”

This is the second off-the-field incident to happen with the Appalachian State program since Drinkwitz took over the program in December.

Three players in February were suspended after a fight at a house party.

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