Pitt coach Chryst drops two players from team; one other suspended

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Pitt football coach Paul Chryst dismissed junior tight end Drew Carswell and junior defensive back Eric Williams from the team Tuesday, the university said in a statement.

Both players were issued summons on drug charges last week after a police raid on their South Oakland home.

Carswell, a Sto-Rox High School graduate, and Williams, of Yardley, Pa., were suspended indefinitely by Chryst last week, along with a third player charged in the incident, junior defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

Mosley-Smith, a Woodland Hills graduate, was not dismissed from the team but remains on indefinite suspension.

All three players were charged with "prohibited acts," a misdemeanor drug charge, and will face a preliminary hearing May 28.

Neither Carswell nor Williams was slated to be a starter for Pitt this season, but both were expected to play key roles as backups.

Carswell caught 13 passes, including two touchdowns last season. Williams played in all 13 games at linebacker before moving to safety this spring.

In an unrelated incident, the university also announced that Chryst has suspended freshman quarterback Tra'Von Chapman indefinitely after "a weekend incident away from campus."

Chapman pleaded not guilty to a pair of misdemeanor charges in his hometown of Kent, Ohio, over the weekend. After an incident Friday night, he was charged with one count each of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor.

According to the Record-Courier newspaper of Portage County, Ohio, Chapman allegedly assaulted a woman at his home Friday and "pulled the hair of [the alleged victim] and grabbed her around the neck, leaving marks."

Chapman, who graduated from high school early to enroll at Pitt this January, likely was going to redshirt his freshman season.

NOTE -- Pitt received a verbal commitment from Traverse City (Mich.) offensive lineman Connor Hayes this weekend, a source confirmed. Hayes is the only verbal pledge for the 2014 class, after the decommitment of Blackhawk quarterback Chandler Kincade earlier this month.

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First Published May 1, 2013 4:00 AM


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