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Two Nebraska football players had run-ins with law enforcement in separate on-campus incidents last week.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, redshirt freshman cornerback Boaz Joseph received a citation for theft and true freshman wideout Jariah Tolbert was arrested on drug charges.

Joseph, a Rivals three-star recruit in the class of 2013, was cited June 7 for stealing a “bait bike” used by University of Nebraska-Lincoln police in attempts to stop bike theft on campus. A surveillance video reportedly captured Joseph “walking by, boarding and riding off” on the bike, which was embedded with a GPS tracking system.

According to the police report, Joseph admitted to taking the bike and said he did so “because he didn’t want to walk to a business in the downtown area.”

Joseph is the second Nebraska player busted for stealing bikes this offseason. Linebacker Josh Banderas, along with Huskers distance runner Lucas Keifer, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing seven bikes. Banderas’ felony charge was eventually dropped and he will enter a diversion program.

Tolbert, a two-star recruit from New Orleans who recently arrived on campus, was arrested on Thursday for “obstructing a police officer, possession of 4.4 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug paraphernalia.”

Tolbert was allegedly smoking marijuana between two outdoor tennis courts and, when officers arrived on the scene, Tolbert ran. He didn’t make it far and was subsequently tackled and handcuffed and an officer found “a hollowed-out cigar filled with marijuana.”

Huskers head coach Bo Pelini is said to be aware of the incidents but the program did not offer comment on either player’s status with the team.

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