As it turns out, Nu’umoto Falo‘s forced departure from the Colorado football program wasn’t a permanent one.
In July of last year, Falo was dismissed from the Buffaloes for what the school described as an unspecified violation of team rules. Nearly six months later, Mike MacIntyre, the Boulder Daily Camera reported, confirmed that the linebacker has been reinstated to the team and is enrolled back in classes at the university.
According to the Daily Camera, Falo’s dismissal stemmed from a failed drug test. That was at least his second off-field situation in a little over a year for the player.
In late April of 2016, Falo (pictured, No. 42) and then-Buffs running back Dino Gordon were arrested in connection to an alleged dorm-room theft. The duo had been accused of stealing prescription drugs, laptops, video games and other electronics from a dorm room earlier that month.
Falo, who played in seven games as a true freshman in 2015, was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season because of the incident. After returning, the then-true sophomore played in the final 11 games of the year. As a backup, he was credited with 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
A rising junior, Falo will be expected to compete for a starting job beginning with spring practice the month after next.