ECU football players hurt in wreck


Feb 12, 2014

An East Carolina University football player was in critical condition and another was injured after a weather-related crash on Greenville Boulevard on Wednesday, officials said.

Terrell Stanley and Isaac Harris, both 20, were traveling from their off-campus residences to the university for the daily strength and conditioning workout about 6 a.m. when the wreck happened, Greenville police reported.

Both were transported to Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries, police reported. Stanley was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Harris was released from the hospital after precautionary evaluations, Tom McClellan, a spokesman for the team, said.

A statement released from coach Ruffin McNeill said Stanley is under the “best medical care possible, and while he has showed signs of steadily improving, we ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”

Stanley’s parents, sister and other family members have been with him along with teammates and coaches, the statement said.

“Together we have been and will continue to be a force that runs deep with support and inspiration,” the statement said.

Stanley was driving a 2002 Lincoln south in the left lane of Greenville Boulevard when he lost control near the Tar River, Greenville police spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said. Harris was a passenger.

The vehicle veered off the right side of the boulevard and crashed down an embankment near the W. Arthur Tripp Bridge, she said. Both southbound lanes of the boulevard were shut down for about an hour while emergency crews responded.

Stanley and Harris are rising juniors.

Stanley is a defensive end from Southport. He started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore during the 2013 season and ranked among the team’s top 10 tacklers with 46 stops.

He also ranked second on the unit with seven sacks and was third with 10 tackles for lost yardage to earn All-Conference USA (honorable mention) honors.

Harris, from Irmo, S.C., started 12 of 13 contests at the left offensive tackle position and played a key role in East Carolina’s record-setting 10-3 campaign. The season included school single-season standards in most points scored, highest scoring average, most total yards and most passing yards.