The East Carolina University football team has removed two players from its roster, sophomore tight end Eric Weber and senior defensive lineman Tyree Owens, head coach Scottie Montgomery announced on Friday.
Weber has been dismissed from the team altogether. He was already suspended indefinitely after being arrested on Feb. 23 for charges of multiple drug-related felonies. Weber sat out last season due to academic policy and was expected to sit out the entire spring practice period after an undisclosed injury.
Owens has been removed from the roster after an indefinite suspension for violating the team’s academic policy. The same academic troubles caused Owens to miss the final two games of the 2017 regular season. Owens has been taken off of the roster, but the possibility of him returning has not been ruled out.
The loss of Owens leaves ECU with three defensive tackles returning, in juniors Alex Turner and Jalen Price and sophomore Raequan Purvis. Owens played at Copiah-Lincoln Community College before coming to ECU and playing in 10 games in 2017, finishing with 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The loss of Weber leaves ECU with two tight ends heading into next season with junior Anthony Watley and sophomore Ben Norris. Weber played one season at Southwest Mississippi Community College before transferring to ECU before the 2017 season.