Corey Sutton, a star wide receiver for Appalachian State, was charged with marijuana possession last week.
Sutton, a redshirt junior, was arrested June 7 following a traffic stop, according to a police report from the Boone Police Department.
“We are aware of the situation and it will be handled internally,” Coach Eli Drinkwitz of Appalachian State said through Joey Jones, associate athletics director of strategic communication.
According to the police report, Sutton was pulled over at 9:48 p.m. because the left headlight of his gray Camaro wasn't on. The report says that Sutton’s car smelled of marijuana.
Upon questioning, the report said, Sutton admitted to both smoking previously and having more marijuana in the center console of the car.
Officers would eventually search the vehicle after, according to the report, Sutton “consumed the marijuana in the center console” while the booking officer spoke to additional police officers who arrived at the traffic stop.
The search prompted the discovery of more marijuana, leading to Sutton’s arrest.
Sutton would be released later that night at 10:35, the report said. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 22.
In his first season with the Mountaineers in 2018, Sutton authored a breakout season. He led Appalachian in receptions (44), receiving yards (773) and receiving touchdowns (10) as quarterback Zac Thomas’s top target.
The 6-foot-3 wideout earned a spot on the All-Sun Belt second team, becoming the first App State receiver to grab double-digit touchdowns since Brian Quick in 2011.
Sutton transferred to App State from Kansas State after playing his freshman season with the Wildcats. He sat out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
This is the second off-field issue that Drinkwitz has dealt with in his short time as head coach. In March, some App State football players were suspended following a fight at a house party. Drinkwitz was hired in December to replace Scott Satterfield, who’s now the coach at Louisville.
Sutton is the son of Clarence Sutton, who played safety at App State from 1993 to 1995.