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Austin Peay football mourns loss of freshman running back Jeremiah Collins killed in car crash

Austin Peay football player Jeremiah Collins was killed in a car crash in Tennessee on Friday, officials said.

Collins, an 18-year-old defensive back, was driving too fast while exiting a highway, and his pickup truck rolled several times before coming to rest in a grassy area, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a news release.

Police said there were no signs of impairment at the scene, and Collins was treated there. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.


An Austin Peay Governors helmet on the sideline during the game between the Chattanooga Mocs and the Austin Peay Governors on September 2, 2021 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. (Charles Mitchell/ICON Sportswire via Getty Images)

“We are all devastated and heartbroken by the loss of Jeremiah Collins,” Austin Peay coach Scotty Walden said in a statement released by the school.

“Jeremiah was a wonderful young man who brought an incredible attitude and energy to every day. We are with the Collins family in mourning their tragic loss and lift them up in prayer.”

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The incoming defensive back was Austin Peay, a three-star recruit in the 2023 class. He was born in Louisville, where he played high school football.

He transferred to Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for his senior season.

He graduated in the spring.

Football in the grass

Jeremiah Collins died in a single-car crash in Clarksville, Tenn., authorities said. (Fox News)

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“All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Collins family today,” Austin Peay athletic director Gerald Harrison said in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jeremiah, and will do everything we can to support his friends, family and teammates at this time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source by [Fox News]



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