CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—Three University of Virginia football players won't be returning to the team next season.
Coach Mike London announced Friday that quarterback Ross Metheny, defensive end Thompson Brown and Kevin Royal will not be back.
The Wahoos start spring practice March 19.
Metheny is transferring to another school, and told the coaches he no longer wants to play college football.
Brown was a true freshman and appeared in 11 of 13 games last season.
He told the Cavalier coaching staff that he would like to focus on academics. Brown is staying enrolled at UVA.
London said that Royal, a wide receiver, "failed to meet those expectations and therefore is no longer a member of the team.”
Here is the news release from the University of Virginia:
Virginia head football coach Mike London announced today three members of the 2011 team are no longer with the program. Quarterback Ross Metheny, defensive end Thompson Brown and wide receiver Kevin Royal will not be with the team when it begins spring practice March 19.
Metheny is planning on completing his undergraduate degree this summer and will enroll at another University in the fall to complete his final two seasons of eligibility. Brown has informed the Cavalier coaching staff he no longer wishes to play college football but will remain enrolled at Virginia as an undergraduate student. Royal has been dismissed from the team.
Metheny redshirted the 2009 season and played in five games in 2010 and twice last season. He completed 15-of-19 pass attempts in two seasons for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
“Ross Metheny has expressed a desire to have the opportunity to transfer and play his final seasons elsewhere,” London said. “We are happy to accommodate him and I want to thank him for everything he has done for the program. He’s been a valuable member of our team and I wish the best for him in the future. Most importantly, I appreciate the work he has done in the classroom that will allow him to graduate with a degree from Virginia.”
Brown was a true freshman in 2011 and appeared in 11-of-13 games, including the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He played on both special teams and at defensive end. He lettered and had four assisted tackles during the season.
“Thompson came back from the break and indicated that he no longer had the desire to play college football,” London said. “He wants to remain at Virginia and continue his studies and I want to wish him the best.”
Royal was a sophomore in 2011 but did not play in any games. He appeared in four contests in 2010 after redshirting the 2009 season.
“As I have stated before, there are expectations for the members of the Virginia football team and if they fail to meet those expectations, they will no longer enjoy the privilege of competing here,” London said. “Kevin Royal has failed to meet those expectations and therefore is no longer a member of the team.”