ECU suspends Webster, Smyre indefinitely

ECU suspended inside receivers Danny Webster and Quataye Smyre indefinitely for a violation of team policy Tuesday.

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Two East Carolina inside receivers, junior Danny Webster and redshirt freshman Quataye Smyre, have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy according to an announcement from head football coach Ruffin McNeill Tuesday afternoon.

"While this situation is contrary to the progress we've made and certainly not indicative of the many right choices we make as a collective group, I'm disappointed any time we have to address issues like this," McNeill said. "We always talk about being accountable as a program and any behavior that contradicts that is unacceptable. Our priority is to put people in a position to succeed."

Webster, who also has experienced action on both the punt and kickoff return units, has started four of five games this season and is the Pirates' third-leading receiver with 18 catches for 144 yards. Smyre has played in the last two contests and has three receptions for 19 yards. McNeill said true freshman Isaiah Jones, who opened the campaign as an inside receiver before moving to an outside slot three weeks ago, would return to his original position.

After practice Tuesday, McNeill said neither Webster nor Smyre would practice with the team and went further than his original statement.

"Everybody in this program is to be accountable for everyone within the program. It begins from top to bottom. Anything other than that is unacceptable, non-negotiable," he told reporters. "The foundation I've talked about from day one is one that's built on no egos, no entitlement, (and) teamwork first and it will not be compromised."

With these suspensions and walk-on Jimmy Williams sustaining a season-ending foot injury last Saturday, Jones will see more playing time and second-year receivers DaQuan Barnes and Cedric Thompson are expected to receive their first game action of the season against Tulane Saturday.

"When they got the opportunity (Tuesday) to get more reps, it was exciting to see that happen," said McNeill. "We got great leaders on this team and they didn't miss a beat. No hesitation. This has been one of the best Tuesday (practices) we've had."

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