Junior running back Darian Davis-Ray is back playing for the University of Maine football team, according to a university official.

Davis-Ray was one of the three players, with junior wide receiver Micah Wright and junior defensive lineman Uchenna Egwuonwu, who began the season suspended from the university and the football team “based on alleged violations of the UMaine student code of conduct,” according to a release from the school.

Margaret Nagle, the senior director of public relations at UMaine, said in an email Friday that Davis-Ray “is eligible to practice and play.” She could not comment on whether there were any changes in the status of Wright and Egwuonwu, saying, “Regarding student conduct proceedings, the University of Maine does not comment.”

The investigation into the alleged violations by the three players is being conducted by UMaine’s Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life.

Coach Joe Harasymiak also was unable to comment.

Davis-Ray missed one game last year because of a suspension. He rushed for 280 yards and a touchdown, and is considered one of the team’s top backs.


Wright is perhaps the team’s most dangerous offensive threat. A first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association preseason selection, Wright led Maine with 44 catches for 688 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He led the CAA in punt returns, averaging 11.1 yards with a touchdown.

Wright was suspended for the first two games of the 2016 season after being charged with disorderly conduct at a party on May 4, 2016, at an Orono apartment complex. In September, Wright admitted in court that he illegally possessed alcohol and paid a $300 fine. The disorderly conduct charge was dismissed.

Egwuonwu had 40 tackles last year, including 3.5 for losses.

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