Thanks to issued unrelated to on-field action, East Carolina will find itself with less experience at the wide receiver position heading into the 2013 season.
In a press release, ECU announced that senior Justin Jones and sophomore Jabril Soloman have been declared ineligible to compete for the 2013 season. While “academically ineligible” was not part of the release, it was intimated.
“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 was tied for fifth on the team with a career-high 25 receptions last season, and fourth with 346 receiving yards. His three touchdown receptions were tied for third on the team. All told, Jones played in 32 games during his ECU career. He started five games last season.
As a true freshman last season, Soloman caught 17 passes for 410 yards. His 24.1 yards-per-catch average was tops on the team.