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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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Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County High offensive coordinator Jim Dye has accepted the offensive line coach position at Troy.
This will be Dye’s second stint with the Trojans. He was part of Larry Blakeney’s staff from 1993-2002.
Dye, who is the nephew of former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, has been offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Burke County High in Waynesboro, Ga. since 2006.
Last season, the Bears averaged 39 points per game and finished 12-2. In 2011, Burke County went 14-1 and won the AAA State Championship averaging 45 points per game.
Dye was a walk-on at Georgia before transferring to Georgia Southern. He was as a student assistant there in 1984 and during the Eagles’ national championship in 1985, and served as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1986-87.
Following his stint at Auburn, Dye became head coach at Hephzibah High School (1988-89) then moved to the college ranks, coaching at Valdosta State (1990-91) and East Tennessee State (1992) before his first stint at Troy (1993-2002).
Prior to his arrival at Burke County, Dye coached at Rutland High School (2003-04) and Mary Persons High School (2005).
Dustin Landry has been named cornerbacks coach at Troy.
Landry spent last season as defensive coordinator at Navarro College, a Corsicana, Tex. junior college. At Navarro, Landry’s defense finished the year 13th in the NJCAA allowing just 256.3 years per game. The Bulldogs finished 10-2 on the year and ranked No. 4 in the nation.
Landry spent the four years prior to that with Gene Chizik and Wayne Bolt at Iowa State and Auburn as a graduate assistant and quality control specialist. He began as defensive graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2008, then moved to Auburn as GA coaching linebackers (2009), the secondary (2010) and the nickel and dime packages (2011).
“I’ve had the opportunity to coach with Dustin for four of the past five years and he is one of bright young coaches in this profession,” Troy defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt said. “He has learned from some of the top defensive coaches in the country and is a true student of the game.”