Former East Lincoln star Chazz Surratt among 13 players suspended by North Carolina

Former East Lincoln star Chazz Surratt among 13 players suspended by North Carolina

Not a good way to start the football season for North Carolina as they had to suspend 13 players for selling team-issued shoes.

Among the 13 is former East Lincoln star Chazz Surratt who is battling for the starting quarterback position with Nathan Elliott.

Surratt started 7 games last season for the Heels as a freshman and threw for 1,342 yards and 8 touchdowns.  He had a completion percentage of 58.5.

Surratt will miss the first 4 games of the season at California, at East Carolina, vs Central Florida and the ACC conference opener vs Pittsburgh.

Former Myers Park quarterback Jack Davidson is also among the 13 but will only be suspended for 1 game.

"I am certainly upset by our player's actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program, and the University," said head coach Larry Fedora in a press release provided by the school.  "These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made.  Accountability is an important core principle in this program.  We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future."

Other players involved include Brian Anderson, Malick Carney, Beau Corrales, Tomon Fox, Tyrone Hopper, Quiron Johnson, Malik Robinson, Jordan Tucker, Greg Ross, Tre Shaw, and Jonah Melton.

The players will be allowed to continue to practice while serving their suspension but will not be allowed to play.

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