Three Players Leave Virginia Football Program

March 2, 2012

Virginia head coach Mike London announced Friday that quarterback Ross Metheny, defensive end Thompson Brown, and wide receiver Kevin Royal are no longer with the Cavalier football program.

Metheny will finish his undergraduate degree and will transfer to another university. According to The Washington Post Metheny plans to enroll at South Alabama to play football and pursue a masters degree.

Metheny said via Twitter: "Tough decisions have to be made in life, how you respond to that adversity is what makes you who you are. My heart & soul is at UVa & I will always be a Hoo but sometimes change is for the better. Thanks for all the support from everyone."

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. Metheny also had one interception.

"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."

A true freshman this past season, Brown appeared in 11 of 13 games, including the Chick-fil-A Bowl but has decided to return to the team. Brown assisted on four tackles, playing at defensive end and on special teams.

"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 dismissed from the team after a violation of team rules. He did not play in any games as a sophomore in 2011 and appeared in four contents in 2010.

"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."

The Cavaliers begin spring practice on March 19.

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