Safety Travon Simmons leaves ECU football program

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A leading tackler on ECU's football team has been granted a full release by Coach Scottie Montgomery.

Strong safety Travon Simmons has decided to transfer out of the Pirates' program, according to a news release from ECU sports.

Simmons was a member of the Pirates preseason depth chart as a reserve in the secondary.

The college senior did not immediately indicate where he would finish his collegiate career.

"We've accepted Travon's decision and he will be missed as a member of our football family," Montgomery said. "However, our energy and focus are on the young men in our program who remain committed to the challenge of competition and development of leadership."

ECU says Simmons was a two-year starter, opening 24 of 33 career contests and recording 105 tackles and 14 pass breakups. Among all projected returnees, he was the Pirates’ second-leading tackler heading into the 2017 campaign after tallying 53 last fall.

Simmons has one year of football eligibility remaining. The university says he was on track to earn a bachelor's degree in finance from ECU this December.