More troubling news dogged BYU’s beleaguered football program Tuesday as reports surfaced that freshman running back Ula Tolutau was cited Oct. 8 in Orem for possession or use of marijuana. The East High product, who is the only Cougar to have scored more than one touchdown this season, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor, according to court documents. BYU football spokesman Brett Pyne said the school is “aware” of Tolutau’s situation and declined further comment. Several coaches and players met with the media for scheduled interviews Tuesday morning shortly after the news broke, but coach Kalani Sitake was not among them and not made available for comment. “We are just not going to comment on individual situations,” said Pyne, citing program policy. Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said a deputy stopped a vehicle carrying four adults just after midnight on Oct. 8 for speeding and a tail-light violation. The deputy smelled alcohol and marijuana in the car and issued a field sobriety test to the driver, who was deemed not to be impaired. Tolutau was a passenger and was found holding a frisbee containing marijuana. He told the deputy that the pot was in a frisbee because he didn’t have a baggie. He was cited at the scene and released. No other citations were given. “It was a relatively normal interaction,” Cannon said, noting the occupants were cooperative but initially denied the possession of a controlled substance.
More trouble for BYU football: Starting RB Ula Tolutau charged with marijuana possession
Salt Lake Tribune | Oct 25