Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner was found dead near his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss. on Thursday.
Officers were called Thursday morning to what was reported as a two-car accident near Clarksdale, but that was not the case.
According to the Dothan Eagle:
A report from the Mississippi Highway Patrol said Mississippi State Troopers, county deputies and rescue officials responded to what they thought was a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 61.
When they arrived around 2:30 a.m., they found the body of a pedestrian in the southbound lane. At least two vehicles had “traveled” over the body.
A cause of death has not been determined and Garner’s body was sent to Jackson, Miss., for further evaluation.
“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius’ family in this time of grief,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said in a statement.
“Jadarius was a well-respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us.”
He was 20 years old.
A transfer from Jones (Miss.) Community College prior to the 2012 season, he appeared in all 12 games this season.
Garner was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojans’ Sept. 7 win over Savannah State. He led the with six tackles, five color tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
He finished the season with seven tackles for loss and three sacks.
On Wednesday, Taylor Driggers, a Troy signee from February of 2013, was charged with manslaughter in connection with a shooting death of a Troy student.
Driggers was charged in Crensaw County, Ala. following the death of 18-year-old Kristin Fuller. Per the Eagle, Troy said that Driggers was expected to join the football team this semester or in the summer.
In December, Trojans walk-on Dimitri Miles was charged with murder in the death of Troy resident Marquise McClendon.
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