Austin Peay football mourns loss of freshman player Jeremiah Collins, who died in car crash


Austin Peay football player Jeremiah Collins died Friday in a single-car crash in Tennessee, officials said.

Collins, an 18-year-old defensive back, was driving too fast when 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 crash site, and Collins was treated there. After this, he was taken to a local hospital, where he was later declared brought dead.

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

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

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

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The incoming defensive back was a three-star recruit in Austin Peay’s 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.

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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 we will do everything we can to support his friends, family and colleagues at this time.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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