College Football Player Jaquan Yulee Dead at 24 After Car Crash

Jaquan Yulee, a football player for Marshall University, tragically died on July 13, and his community is coming together to honor the college athlete.

By Elana Rubin Jul 14, 2021 9:42 PMTags
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Loved ones of rising football star Jaquan Yulee are in mourning after his tragic passing.

Authorities with Virginia's Suffolk Police Department confirmed in a July 14 press release that the Marshall University football player died in a car accident. He was 24 years old.

On the evening of Tuesday, July 14, officials said they responded to an "accident involving a passenger vehicle that had flipped onto its roof." The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Yulee, was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the single vehicle crash remains under investigation by authorities.

Yulee's team at Marshall University confirmed his death with a heartfelt statement.

Doc Holliday, who coached Yulee, expressed his grief in a tweet, which read, "A sad day for all who knew Jaquan Yulee. He is one of the toughest and most resilient football players I've ever been around. But more, he was beloved by coaches and teammates because of the type of person he was. He will be missed."

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Marshall University also addressed the news, sharing in a statement, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of former Marshall football student-athlete Jaquan Yulee. His energy and ability to connect with so many in our fanbase was exemplary. He will be missed by so many in the Thundering Herd."


Before Yulee's death, he was in the process of looking at other colleges. On the day of his accident, he tweeted, "It's not about how big the school is or who went to the school before you no matter if it's D1, D2 or D3."

Photographer Joshua Murdock shared a photo of Yulee on his social media. Murdock said he was "shook" after hearing that Yulee had passed. "He was just cleared by doctors to play football again after suffering a broken spine 2 years ago! Life is so precious."