The time to look back fondly on the five-year anniversary of Nebraska joining the Big Ten was put aside this morning to address some roster changes within the program. A memo sent from the football office this morning in Lincoln announced safety LeRoy Alexander and wide receiver Jariah Tolbert will transfer to another football program for the fall. In addition, Nebraska has confirmed linebacker David Santos is no longer with the program.
Santos no longer being a part of the program may be the most noteworthy development. Santos was a starter for the Huskers last fall, including in Nebraska’s Holiday Bowl match-up against USC last bowl season. He would have been one of the most experienced players on Nebraska’s defense this fall with the ability to play multiple positions if needed.
Alexander played some during the 2013 season but was out of action for the entire 2014 season due to a team suspension under former head coach Bo Pelini. The reason for his suspension was never made clear other than a violation of team rules. He remained on scholarship despite being suspended.
Tolbert sat out the 2014 season as a redshirt player. He still has four years of eligibility remaining. He and Alexander will have to sit out the 2015 season if they transfer to another FBS program, but each would be eligible to play right away this fall if they land at a lower level program.
Get the hot takes ready, because another college football player has been busted in connection to marijuana consumption.
Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver Jariah Tolbert is the latest to run into legal trouble connected to marijuana. Early Thursday morning, the Lincoln Journal Star reports, Tolbert was cited by university police for possession of drug paraphernalia. Tolbert was cited along with two female students at Nebraska after being found by a campus police officer in a parked car. After smelling the aroma of marijuana from the car, the officer was handed a glass pipe with marijuana residue. One of the women cited for possession of drug paraphernalia admitted to the officer all three had consumed marijuana.
This is not the first time Tolbert has had a drug related incident to sort through. Last year Tolbert appeared in court after attempting to flee authorities over smoking marijuana. This led to a $300 fine for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after pleading guilty to the drug charge.
For now there has been no change in Tolbert’s status with the Nebraska football program. A statement from the university athletics department and head coach Mike Riley acknowledged the awareness of the incident but failed to comment further. Nebraska has already wrapped up the spring practice schedule.
This will likely cause some to roll their eyes, but by now there should be a pretty simple standard practice to follow. If you are a college football player, you cannot be getting yourself involved in any possibility of being caught consuming marijuana (or any other drug or substance for that matter).