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Former starting QB leaving ECU

Jadaveon Clowney, Adhem Elsawi AP

After starting the first two games of the 2012 season, Rio Johnson lost his job as ECU’s quarterback to Shane Carden.

Two months after having his starting job yanked, Johnson has decided to take his leave of the program.

Head coach Ruffin McNeill announced Monday that the junior is no longer a member of the Pirates team.  Johnson met with McNeill and his offensive coordinator recently to inform them of the decision, which came down to one thing: playing time, or lack thereof.

“Rio came and met with Lincoln (Riley) and me about his decision,” McNeill said. “We wish him the best and we will try to help him in any way that we can. He was just disappointed that he wasn’t getting the chance to play. It was decision that he made. There was no arguing or ill feelings by either side.

“He felt with one more year of eligibility that he wanted to try somewhere else by transferring.”

In the two games Johnson started, he threw four interceptions versus just two touchdowns.  He has not thrown a pass since the Sept. 8 loss to South Carolina.

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