TCU acknowledged Olonilua’s arrest, saying in a statement: “We are aware of the matter and we are looking into it.”
Olonilua faces a third-degree felony charge for possession of a controlled substance weighing more than or equal to 1 gram and less than 4 grams. He also faces a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He has been released from jail, posting a $4,000 bond.
No court date has been set. If convicted, the charges can carry between two and 10 years in prison under Texas laws.
Olonilua, a Kingwood product who has graduated from TCU, is expected to be part of a dynamic backfield for the Frogs next season. He capped his junior season by being named the Cheez-It Bowl offensive MVP, rushing for 194 yards in TCU’s victory over Cal.
For his career, Olonilua has rushed for 1,087 yards on 214 carries with 10 touchdowns in 40 games.
TCU opens its season Aug. 31 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.