Two ECU WRs ruled ineligible for 2013 season
Posted August 21, 2013
The East Carolina receiving corps took a hit Wednesday when the school announced senior Justin Jones and sophomore Jabril Soloman have been declared ineligible for the 2013 season.
The university did not specify why the players were ruled ineligible, simply noting that they did not meet expectations set forth by the program.
"While the support system we have in place here has been of great benefit to our student-athletes, we unfortunately reached a point where we are unable to help Justin and Jabril retain their eligibility," head coach Ruffin McNeill said in a statement. "The expectations we have for everyone in our program are high, both on and off the field, and I'm disappointed whenever those aren't met or even exceeded."
Jones completes his career, which included a redshirt season in 2009, with 52 catches for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns in 32 games. He started five of 13 contests at the inside receiver and tight end positions as a junior.
Soloman, who experienced action in 12 games as a true freshman a year ago, led the Pirates with a 24.1 yards-per-catch average.
Even without the services of Soloman and Jones, the pass-first Pirates are plenty deep at the wide receiver position, listing 20 on their 116-man roster. Notable targets for returning quarterback Shane Craden include Justin Hardy and Reese Wiggins.
"We throw for a living, not for a hobby," McNeill said Wednesday. "We have to be able to spread the field,"
East Carolina will open the 2013 season by hosting Old Dominion at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Aug. 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.