Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Huskers Wide Receiver Has His Number; Not Cops

Incoming recruit DeAndre Willis took his leave before his career with the Huskers could ever begin. The kid never even got a number. The split was mutual according to a text from Bo Pelini.

Another scholarship could be opened up thanks to Jariah Tolbert. He was convicted for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, eventually paying a $300 fine.

It’s not the weed that’s got Tolbert in the hottest water. It’s the charge that he obstructed an officer from doing their duty after he bolted.

Unless the judge presiding over the case isn’t a fan of Nebraska Cornhusker football players in general, the wide receiver has a seemingly open and shut case, especially since he’s decided to represent himself.

93.7 The Ticket’s Mike Welch put the situation well a few weeks back. Tolbert’s from Nahleans. The culture in Lincoln and Louisiana’s slightly different.

Marijuana use is simply more accepted back home. Unfortunately, this is the Edna Karr High School alum’s way of learning that. However, the later chase that led to his alleged obstruction of an officer’s job reeks of “whoops”.

Now, I’m no big city lawyer, nor am I Bo Pelini, but it seems to me that if the Huskers’ head coach didn’t feel Tolbert would get off lightly, he wouldn’t have a number issued.

This is Exhibit A that Tolbert’s situation points to a second chance. No. 19’s on the roster. Willis was never even represented numerically.

Exhibit B points to the wide receiver representing himself. Welch tossed out a theory that Tolbert took off, realized he was screwing up royal, stop, dropped and rolled.

What “obstruction of an officer’s job” actually is, I can’t say. I’ve never been cuffed, but I assume it’s not pleasant and that an officer in pursuit is going to tackle with extreme prejudice.

I simply can’t see Pelini holding onto Tolbert if he felt this incident wouldn’t end relatively stress-free.

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