East Carolina will be without one of their top defensive linemen for the 2014 season. Defensive end Terrell Stanley will miss the entire 2014 season, the school announced Thursday. He was seriously injured in a car accident back in February and was later upgraded to “good” condition. Unfortunately, the Stanley will be unable to participate on the field this fall.
“Terrell has come a long way and we admire his determination to return to battle, but he’s not ready to be in a position to fairly compete at the level he needs to be,” East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill said in a released statement. “His full recovery and health are our first priority, as it would be with any of our players. We’re looking forward to him getting back to full strength and joining us in the spring.”
The plan, for now, is to focus on Stanley making a return with the Pirates for his senior season in 2015. If after that Stanley wishes to try and regain the year he has now lost, McNeil will help file for an extension from the NCAA. Stanley was redshirted for the 2011 season as a freshman, so the 2015 season would mark the end of his eligibility according to the NCAA. The NCAA has granted a sixth year before, so the possibility is there if Stanley chooses to pursue it.
Last season Stanley finished second on the team in sacks with seven.