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Troy mourns passing of DE Jadarius Garner

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Troy’s football program is mourning the tragic loss of Jadarius Garner, who passed away near his home town of Clarksdale, Mississippi on Thursday. Mississippi State Police have not released a cause of death at this time.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius’ family in this time of grief,” Troy football head coach Larry Blakeney said in a statement released by the school. “Jadarius was a well-respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us.”

Garner, a defensive end, played his second season with the program following a transfer from a junior college. According to a release from Troy, he appeared in all 12 games played by the Trojans this season. His performance this season was highlighted in Troy’s September 7 blowout of Savannah State. Garner led the Trojans with six tackles, including credit for two sacks and five solo tackles and he forced two fumbles. He earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

“I wanna play well every game,” Garner said after that game. “I wanna be great.”

Garner was 20 years old.

UPDATE (10:43 p.m. ET): The Associated Press is reporting some awful details about Garner’s death. Mississippi Highway Patrol say Garner’s body was found on the side of U.S. Highway 61 in Boliver County after two cars had run him over. Garner was pronounced dead on the scene.

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6 Responses to “Troy mourns passing of DE Jadarius Garner”
  1. mp4philly says: Jan 2, 2014 8:18 PM

    What a shame. Rest in peace, young man.

  2. cowboys8819 says: Jan 2, 2014 8:22 PM

    Much too young! So sad rest in peace young man.

  3. scubagolfjim says: Jan 3, 2014 1:18 AM

    Hey Kevin McGuire…

    So you assume everyone knows who/what Troy Football is?

    Do you even know yourself? If you do, why do you not provide everyone who’s reading this story a little information on who the hell you’re reporting on.

    I myself know who/what Troy is. But the questions are: do you, and, if you do, why don’t you do your job and provide the readers with information?

    For anyone who is not aware… the Troy Football that Mr. McGuire apparently feels is either so widely known that anyone who ever comes to NBC Sports will know about them fully and completely, or just not important enough to care or worry about, is the Troy State University Trojans in Troy, Alabama.

    There Mr. McGuire. I’ll send you an email to let you know where to send my portion of your next paycheck. Either that or take enough pride in your job to actually do it correctly.

  4. Tim's Neighbor says: Jan 3, 2014 2:32 AM

    Pretty sure if you’re reading a football blog, you know who/what Troy football is. Relax, buddy.

  5. jrocknstuff says: Jan 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    Actually it’s just Troy University. They dropped the “State” in 2005. Next time you think you can do someone’s job better than them maybe you should check your facts first. Know it all. There’s nothing wrong with the way Kevin reported the story. A sad story at that. RIP

  6. scubagolfjim says: Jan 4, 2014 7:47 AM

    Tim’s Neighbor says:

    “Pretty sure if you’re reading a football blog, you know who/what Troy football is. Relax, buddy.”

    So you don’t think that someone on a football blog in say… Hawaii or in the Northeast or the Northwest will necessarily know what a small Alabama school is all about? Skimming through they see a story about some system mourning the loss of a player and they’ll click on it to get details, that are not provided? Ever think of exactly how some people get to a football blog? They click on a link from a news site. Wow! Imagine that! Someone not normally on a football blog can’t get the details which should have been presented!! Do you have a clue what is taught in journalism? McGuire evidently does not.

    jrocknstuff says:

    Actually it’s just Troy University. They dropped the “State” in 2005. Next time you think you can do someone’s job better than them maybe you should check your facts first. Know it all. There’s nothing wrong with the way Kevin reported the story. A sad story at that. RIP

    And thank you for proving my point. You ARE aware that you just did that, right? And BTW, I DID provide more details on the school than the lacking Mr. McGuire. And again, Thank You for pointing that out.

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