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April 30, 2013

Pitt dismisses Williams and Carswell

Pitt head coach Paul Chryst dismissed two players from the team on Tuesday in light of their involvement with a drug arrest last week, the team announced.

Redshirt junior safety Eric Williams and redshirt junior Drew Carswell were kicked off the team Tuesday. On Friday, Chryst announced indefinite suspensions for Williams, Carswell, and junior defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith after all three were detained by police following the arrest of another man.

Multiple Pittsburgh outlets reported that Darnell Reed-Young sold drugs to narcotics detectives and was arrested by police late Thursday night at a residence shared by Williams, Carswell, and Mosley-Smith. When Reed-Young was arrested, police seized multiple bags of heroin and other drug paraphernalia; police found more drug paraphernalia inside the residence and detained the three Pitt football players.

Summons were issued for all three players on charges of "prohibited acts."

"We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors," Chryst said in a statement on Friday. "What has occurred with these three young men does not represent the standards of our program or university."

Mosley-Smith remains on indefinite suspension from the football team.

Carswell started seven games over the last two seasons and caught 26 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. He was expected to line up at a hybrid H-back/tight end position next to starting tight end J.P. Holtz. Without Carswell, Pitt has three tight ends currently on the roster, with two more set to arrive this June in true freshmen Devon Edwards and Tony Harper.

Williams moved to safety this spring after starting at strong-side linebacker in 2012. His dismissal leaves Pitt with four safeties on the roster, which includes two redshirt freshman. Rachid Ibrahim will also join the team this summer as a true freshman.

In addition to the dismissals of Williams and Carswell, Pitt also announced that freshman quarterback Tra'Von Chapman has been suspended indefinitely following an off-campus incident over the weekend. News outlets in Chapman's hometown of Kent, Ohio, reported Tuesday that he was arraigned on charges of assault and unlawful restraint. Chapman reportedly pled not guilty to the charges.




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