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Penn State football player faces marijuana possession charge for the second time

CENTRE DAILY TIMES (TNS)
Joseph Johnson III

A Penn State football player was accused Monday of having a bag of marijuana and a bong in his on-campus apartment.

The filing is the second set of pot charges filed against freshman cornerback Joseph Johnson III, 19, since September. The university's athletics department is aware of the charges, a spokesperson wrote in a statement.

"These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed," the department said. "We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter."

University police officers responded Oct. 18 to Johnson's apartment after a fire alarm was activated, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday.

An officer smelled marijuana in the apartment while investigating the fire and also found pot and drug paraphernalia in Johnson's room, police wrote.

Defense lawyer Tony De Boef did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Johnson was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

PSU-Nebraska game set for noon start: Penn State's run of avoiding noon starts is over.

The Nittany Lions' Week 4 game at Nebraska will kick off at 12 p.m. ( 11 a.m. CST) Nov. 14 on FS1, the Big Ten announced Monday.

Nebraska is 0-1 after a 52-17 loss to No. 3 Ohio State on the road to open its season. The Cornhuskers' home game against No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Badgers' program. Now, Nebraska takes on an unbeaten Northwestern team on the road next Saturday.

Penn State's had its own bumps in the road, though. The Nittany Lions opened their season with a 36-35 OT loss to Indiana in Bloomington before falling to Ohio State 38-25 at home last weekend. PSU will now face Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

The trip to Nebraska marks Penn State's first visit to Lincoln since 2012. Penn State and Nebraska have met just 17 times on the gridiron, with the Cornhuskers leading the overall series 9-8.

Nebraska has won four of the past six matchups between the programs. But the Nittany Lions won the last meeting in 2017, beating the Cornhuskers 56-44 in Beaver Stadium.

After Nebraska, Penn State will go on to face Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers and Michigan State to round out the regular season.