ECU Quarterback Rob Kass Suspended For Season Opener

East Carolina sophomore quarterback Rob Kass has been suspended for Saturday's season-opener against No. 9 Virginia Tech for a violation of team policy according to an announcement from head coach Skip Holtz Tuesday afternoon.

Kass, who was expected to make his first collegiate start against the Hokies, experienced action in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2006 where he completed 14-of-30 passes for 184 yards. He enjoyed his top contest against USF in the Bowl last December, throwing for a game-high 138 yards on 10 completions.

"There is an expectation of conduct associated with being a member of this football program," Holtz said. "I regret anytime we are put in a position to take disciplinary action but we take the responsibility of representing East Carolina University seriously.”

After serving as James Pinkney's top backup last season, Kass had earned the early nod as the Pirates' starter at the conclusion of spring drills.

"Suspensions are reviewed by the athletics administration to ensure that departmental and university policies are applied consistently for similar violations in all sports," ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland added. "Of course, prior violations and other extenuating circumstances are part of the consideration."