BYU's top running back cited for marijuana possession

Freshman Ula Tolutau cited in October 8th incident; continued to play

PROVO (ABC4 Utah News) -A rough season got even tougher for the Brigham Young University football team Tuesday when word got out that Ula Tolutau was cited for marijuana possession 16 days earlier.

The freshman running back from East High School has been the Cougars' top offensive player this season with 303 yards and two touchdowns.

According to Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Department, Tolutau was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding in Orem just after midnight on October 8th. He allegedly handed the officer a Frisbee with a small amount of marijuana on it, claiming he didn't have a baggie.

Tolutau was cited for marijuana possession, a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1000 fine.

BYU Athletics says they don't comment on individual students' situations but are aware of the incident.

Tolutau has played in two games since the citation, gaining 15 yards against Mississippi State and 62 yards in last Saturday's loss at East Carolina.

ABC4 Utah News asked BYU students what they thought of the incident.

"As like a BYU student, it's interesting to hear that there are people at BYU doing this since it's so against our policies and our Honor Code," senior Brianne Boshard said. "I'm really kind of shocked to hear that this is what's going on."

"I don't think he should be allowed to play if he broke the Honor Code," freshman Mary Ashley said. "That's just my opinion. We live really strongly by that."

"It's kind of disappointing," freshman Nathan Wanlass said. "I mean we already haven't had a great year this year anyway but that's not good to hear that somebody isn't following the Honor Code."

Asked what he thought of Tolutau continuing to play, Wanlass said: "I don't think that he should if he's breaking the Honor Code because I'm on some of the dance teams and I know that wouldn't be allowed in that situation."

 There's no word yet whether Tolutau will play this Saturday when the Cougars host San Jose State.

On October 21st, former BYU players Francis Bernard and Marvin Hifo were arrested on alcohol charges in Vineyard, Bernard for suspicion of DUI and Hifo for having an open container in the car.


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