|Furman Dismisses Three Players|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 16 April 2011 18:16|
Furman University football coach Bruce Fowler dismissed three players and suspended two others indefinitely on Friday following an on-campus drug arrest.Fowler, in his first year with the program, dismissed defensive end Aaron Riley, cornerback Jordan Griffin and linebacker Tim Lawrence. Linebacker Sterling Johnson and free safety Nathan Wade also were suspended indefinitely. Johnson and Wade wiill have their student status determined by the university.
According to police reports, Riley, a sophomore, was arrested on campus Thursday evening for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, among other charges; Griffin, a junior, was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana, among other charges; Lawrence, was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of hashish with intent to distribute, among other charges; Johnson, a junior, was charged with interfering with police; and Wade, a sophomore, was cited for possession of marijuana when residue was found in his room during the execution of a search warrant.
"Unfortunately these young men put themselves in a situation where they violated team rules and the trust placed in them by their coaches, teammates, classmates, and entire university community, and now they face the consequences of their actions," first-year head football coach Bruce Fowler said in a university release. "As head football coach, I sincerely regret this and the impact it has on our program and our community."
Riley started six games last season and made 21 tackles; Griffin, a two-year starter, made 40 tackles last fall; Lawrence, a red-shirt freshman, made ten tackles for the Paladins; Johnson made 35 stops with two intercepitons; Wade had 63 tackles and he picked off three passes.
The Paladins, who were 5-6 last season, kick-off the 2011 season at Coastal Carolina on September 3. Appalachian State travels to Furman on November 5.
ASU NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES:
According to the Sports Network, free safety Mark LeGree of the Mountaineers, a three-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist, is listed a sixth-round pick in the National Football League draft. The NFL scouts feel LeGree has great instincts and that he's better against the pass than the run. LeGree ended his career with 22 interceptions, which ranks second in Southern Conference history. LeGree has the body strength, but his foot speed (4.56 seconds in the 40- yard dash) is a question mark. But LeGree is rated as the top defensive prospect from the Southern Conbference among FCS players in the NFL draft.
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