East Carolina suspends receiver

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina junior wide receiver Jamar Bryant has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy according to an announcement from head football coach Skip Holtz Wednesday afternoon.

Bryant, whose 18-game consecutive start streak will come to an end when East Carolina (3-2) faces Virginia (2-3) in Charlottesville Saturday, is currently the Pirates’ second-leading receiver this season with 19 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. After a pair of four-catch efforts against Virginia Tech and West Virginia, he recorded back-to-back season-high five-reception totals against Tulane and N.C. State. Bryant scored on his only catch against Houston – a 12-yarder on Sept. 27 – which extended his reception streak to 19 straight games.

“Jamar Bryant has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy,” Holtz said. The fourth-year ECU coach did not address specifics of the suspension, but added “there is an expectation of conduct associated with being a member of the Pirate football program.”

As a sophomore in 2007, Bryant led the team in receptions (48), receiving yards (704) and was the unit co-leader in receiving touchdowns with six. His catch total was the sixth-highest in school single-season history while his yardage clip ranked 10th all-time. He opened his Pirate career with 11 receptions for 108 yards in 10 games as a freshman in 2006.

*****from Jim Modlin, courtesy of Tom McClellan ECU Athletics*****