Two suspended Penn State football players were charged yesterday with possession of a small amount of marijuana. Starting defensive end Maurice Evans and defensive tackle Abe Koroma have sat out the past two games for their alleged roles in the Sept. 2 incident at Nittany Apartments.
Coach Joe Paterno declined to answer questions about either player at his weekly news conference Tuesday. Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson said yesterday he didn't "have any new information as far as a change in their status."
Police initially responded to a complaint of loud noise from the apartment. Investigators said in court papers that they found "three small clear plastic baggies containing marijuana" and a "burnt roach" in Evans' room, and a "burnt roach" in Koroma's room.
The two players were mailed a summons for a Class D misdemeanor. Their preliminary hearing is set Oct. 22. No charges were filed against the apartment's other two residents. Tight end Andrew Quarless initially was suspended but reinstated two days later by Paterno. Cornerback/kick returner A.J. Wallace has continued to play since the incident.