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Furman dismisses three players, suspends pair after drug arrests

Greenville, SC (Sports Network) - Furman University dismissed three players from the football program and suspended two other players indefinitely on Friday, one day after all five were involved in a drug arrest on campus.

Dismissed were defensive end Aaron Riley, cornerback Jordan Griffin and linebacker Tim Lawrence. Linebacker Sterling Johnson and free safety Nathan Wade also were suspended indefinitely.

Their student status will be determined by the university.

"Unfortunately these young men put themselves in a situation where they violated team rules and the trust placed in them by their coaches, teammates, classmates, and entire university community, and now they face the consequences of their actions," first-year head football coach Bruce Fowler said in a university release. "As head football coach, I sincerely regret this and the impact it has on our program and our community."

According to the release, Riley was arrested on campus Thursday evening for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, among other charges. The Jacksonville, Fla., resident started in six games and registered 21 tackles as a sophomore last season.

Griffin, a junior from Fairburn, Ga., was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana, among other charges. The two-year starter had 40 tackles and two pass deflections last season.

Lawrence, of Stockbridge, Ga., was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of hashish with intent to distribute, among other charges. He collected 10 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2010.

Johnson was charged with interfering with police. The junior from Decatur, Ga., started seven games and totaled 35 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Wade, from Nashville, Tenn., was cited for possession of marijuana when residue was found in his room during the execution of a search warrant. He has made 20 starts over the past two campaigns and collected 63 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore last season.

04/15 15:23:59 ET

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