Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner was found dead early Thursday morning on a Mississippi highway after two cars apparently ran over him.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of death. Bolivar, 20, died at the scene, about 3 miles south of Oreilly, Miss., on U.S. 61 in Bolivar County.
State troopers were responding to a two-vehicle accident when they found Garner. The drivers of the two cars were not injured.
"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 in a statement. "Jadarius was a well-respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us."
Garner, a junior-college transfer from Clarksdale, Miss., had 21 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks in 12 games this season for Troy. He was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after he had five solo tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles against Savannah State on Sept. 7.
"I can't express how deeply saddened we are by the loss of Jadarius,"Troy athletic director John Hartwell said. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends and teammates in this unimaginable time of pain, and we will do all that we can to help and support them."