East Carolina junior nose tackle Terry Williams has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy, according to an announcement from Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Tuesday afternoon.
“The expectation for every member of our program has always been that they must earn the right to represent East Carolina University, and that they will be held accountable for their actions on and off the field,” McNeill said.
The fourth-year ECU head coach did not address specifics of the suspension, but added that Williams “did not adhere to the conduct standards we have in place.”
Terry Williams, who wears number 54, was also suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season. He was arrested in July 2012 during a traffic stop on Black Jack Simpson Road outside of Greenville. Officers said they found about 15 grams of marijuana in the car's glove box.
Williams was charged with possession and intent to sell. Coach McNeill said those charges were eventually dropped and Williams returned to the team to finish the 2012 season. He started the remaining nine games and registered 46 tackles (19 solo) with a sack and 5.5 tackles for loss.
Williams, a two-year starter on the Pirates' front line, has recorded nine tackles and half a sack in his first three games of the 2013 season. McNeill indicated junior Chrishon Rose would take over the starting role in Williams' absence.
East Carolina (2-1) will return to action Saturday when it faces North Carolina (1-2) at Kenan Stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m.