Juan Powell

Freshman defensive back Juan Powell.

Two ECU football players have been arrested and charged with felonies for breaking and entering a motor vehicle on Saturday morning, according to Stephen Igoe of 247sports.com.

Redshirt sophomore inside linebacker Delvontae Harris and freshman cornerback Juan Powell were held on $15,000 bail, just one week from the Pirates’ season opener against North Carolina State University.

In a tweet early Sunday, The Daily Reflector’s Ronnie Woodward wrote, “ECU players Juan Powell and Delvontae Harris are suspended indefinitely and not involved with the team right now, Mike Houston just told Stephen Igoe and me.”

Houston had this to say via press release: “As I have stated before, certain things are non-negotiable. Representing East Carolina University in a negative light is something we take very seriously. Delvontae and Juan are suspended indefinitely and any decisions regarding their continued association with our program will not be made until the campus and legal process reaches a conclusion.”

He continued, saying “While I am disappointed with the actions of both players, we will support them throughout this process. Moving forward, our focus is centered on NC State.”

Harris, who is entering his third season in the Pirates’ program, has been competing for a starting spot within the linebacker corp this off-season. Up nearly 40 pounds from his signing day weight of 185, Harris made the transition from the secondary to linebacker last year and worked his way into eight games.

The six-foot Harris entered ECU as a three-year recruit from Newman High School in Georgia and was ranked the 82nd overall prospect according to 247sports.com.

ECU is not necessarily deep at the inside linebacker position. Junior Bruce Bivens and Xavier Smith are projected to get long looks at the position while junior Aaron Ramseur and sophomore Myles Berry are competing for back-up roles.

Powell, who is listed at 5-foot, 11-inches and 170 pounds, was projected to find the majority of his snaps with the special teams unit this season. As both an offensive and defensive threat at Douglas High School in Atlanta, Georgia, Powell racked up a slew of honors, including all-state and Region 6-AA Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2017.

He recorded 18 career 100-yard rushing games, 463 passing yards and 234 receiving yards on offense while racking up 18 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. He also intercepted two passes as a senior.

For good reason, Powell was recruited by ECU as a three-star prospect as nine other schools also attempted to land him.

This news will have an effect on ECU’s depth at two key positions as the 2019 season is just around the corner. Powell was slated to the top reserve at the strongside cornerback position according to ECU’s football fact book while Harris was to provide additional depth at linebacker.

Not all of the details surrounding the arrest have been made public and it is unclear what kind of criminal punishment Harris and Powell will face if the felony charges are upheld, but they have been suspended from the football team as reported above.

ECU opens its season on the road against the Wolfpack on Saturday with kickoff at noon.

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