Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the death of Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner. Garner, a redshirt sophomore on the Trojans' football team, was found on dead on a highway Thursday morning.
Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Anthony Dunn said that the 20-year-old Garner was found lying on U.S. Highway 61 in Bolivar County at 2:27 a.m. after two cars had run over him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
State troopers, sheriff's deputies and rescue officials from Bolivar County were responding to what was believed to be a two-vehicle accident about 3 miles south of Oreilly, Miss..
Garner appeared in all 12 games for Troy in 2013, recording 21 tackles (seven tackles for a loss) and three sacks. He was named the Sun Belt defensive player of the week on Sept. 9 after leading the team with six tackles in a 66-3 win against Savannah State.
"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius' family in this time of grief," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "Jadarius was a well-respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us."