GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina junior defensive end Terrell Stanley, who was seriously injured during an automobile accident Feb. 12, will be sidelined during the 2014 season according to an announcement from head football coach Ruffin McNeill on Thursday.
While Stanley has demonstrated continued progress during his rehabilitation process, McNeill fully supported the decision after monitoring routine follow-up medical evaluations and engaging in discussions with the family.
"Terrell has come a long way and we admire his determination to return to battle, but he's not ready to be in a position to fairly compete at the level he needs to be," McNeill said. "His full recovery and health are our first priority, as it would be with any of our players. We're looking forward to him getting back to full strength and joining us in the spring."
The South Brunswick High School product started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore for the Pirates during the 2013 season and stood among the top 10 tacklers with 46 stops. He also ranked second on the unit with 7.0 sacks and was third with 10.0 tackles for lost yardage to earn All-Conference USA (honorable mention) honors.
McNeill said he would assist Stanley in seeking an extension of the NCAA's five-year eligibility clock after his senior season in 2015 if there is an interest pursuing that option at the time. Stanley was redshirted during his true freshman campaign in 2011.