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Two ECU players arrested this weekend

Two East Carolina football players were arrested over the weekend following an incident in downtown Greenville, N.C.

Running backs Giavanni Ruffin and Brandon Jackson were charged with public intoxication, resisting a public officer and obstructing.

According to published reports, Ruffin posted a $1,000 bond and Jackson posted a $3,000 bond. Both players have a May 6 court date.

This isn’t Jackson’s first run-in with the law in Greenville. He been arrested twice already for alcohol and traffic-related incidents. In January, Jackson was charged with intoxication, resisting a public officer, DWI, consumption under the age of 21 and driving after consuming under the age of 21. He was also charged with DWI in November 2008.

Running backs have had difficulty staying out of trouble at East Carolina. Besides Jackson, Jonathan Williams and Norman Whitley also were suspended prior to last season. Williams had been arrested on assault charges and Whitley was disciplined for an unspecified violation of team standards. Williams also missed the Liberty Bowl this past season after fighting with a teammate during the Liberty Bowl banquet.

Both Williams and Whitley are with the team this spring.

Jackson finished second on the team in rushing last season with 316 yards and three touchdowns in nine games, and Ruffin, a transfer from College of the Sequoias last season, finished with 308 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games.

Both players were expected to compete for the top running back spot this spring.

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill has not yet announced what punishment will be levied on the players, but those could be revealed today.