Bright and early on Tuesday, August 29, Arik Gilbert, the Nebraska football sensation, decided to switch up his game plan – from touchdowns to "take downs".
This time, he was not dodging defenders, but surveillance cameras. The man found himself in the spotlight, not for his athletic prowess, but for a quirky career change: a little burglary escapade.
Arik Gilbert, a once highly-touted five-star recruit who moved from Georgia to Nebraska, was expected to be a major player for the Cornhuskers in 2023.
The viral video has got all the suspense of a Hollywood heist.
Nebraska's head coach, Matt Rhule, openly expressed his feelings, mentioning that he was "obviously really disappointed, really sad" by Gilbert's actions.
He was taken into custody on a burglary charge - a serious offence in Nebraska - and ended up in the Lancaster County jail.
This arrest now threatens his upcoming season. Despite entering college with high hopes after being a top-ranked tight-end prospect in high school, Gilbert's journey has been rocky, from committing to LSU in 2020 to his switch to Georgia and now Nebraska.