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One Husker cited for bike theft, another for pot possession

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Bo Pelini may have some minor disciplinary decisions to make after two players associated with the Nebraska program were issued legal citations in separate incidents last week.

The Lincoln Journal-Star reported Saturday that defensive back Boaz Joseph and incoming wide receiver signee Jariah Tolbert were cited June 7 and June 12, respectively. Joseph was cited for suspicion of theft, while Tolbert was jailed briefly on a charge of an obstructing a police officer and cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

"Coach Pelini and athletics administration are aware of both incidents involving football student-athletes," the Huskers athletic department said in a statement, per the Journal-Star. "We have no additional comment at this time."

According to university police, Joseph was caught on surveillance video stealing a "bait bike" equipped by officers with GPS to find bicycle thieves. Joseph was tracked with the GPS and issued a citation.

A redshirt freshman from Weston, Fla., Joseph is the second Huskers player to be accused of bike theft this year, following the arrest of linebacker Josh Banderas on theft charges. Banderas has entered a pre-trial diversion program.

On June 12, university police received a phone call reporting a person smoking marijuana on campus. When an officer arrived, per police, an individual later identified as Tolbert took off running and was eventually tackled and handcuffed following a "brief struggle." Tolbert was jailed and cited.

Tolbert is a three-star wide receiver prospect from New Orleans.

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