McNeill Dismisses Tight End from Program

GREENVILLE, N.C. — In an ECU football press release, Ruffin McNeill dismissed tight end Darren Dowdell from the program for violating team rules.

Sixth-year East Carolina football coach announced in a press release on Wednesday night that redshirt sophomore Darren Dowdell had been dismissed from the program for violating team rules.

Darren Dowdell was dismissed from the program.
Dowdell, a 6-foot-4, 228-pound tight end, was a highly regarded pass catcher and blocker since arriving at ECU in 2013. However, he never appeared in a game, mostly due to the competition at inside receiver and how underutilized the tight end was in the Pirates’ high-octane offense.

Prior to redshirting his true freshman season, Dowdell was ranked the 17th-best tight end by and listed as a three-star recruit, coming out of Grady High School in Atlanta.

Dowdell arrived at ECU along with his Grady teammate, junior defensive back Dashawn Benton, after considering schools such as N.C. State, Georgia Tech, and Louisville.

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