Former Marshall Football Player Jaquan Yulee Dies in Car Crash at Age 24

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 14, 2021

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 06: Quarterback Hank Bachmeier #19 of the Boise State Broncos scrambles away from linebacker Jaquan Yulee #2 of the Marshal Thundering Herd during game half action on September 6, 2019 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 14-7. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
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Former Marshall linebacker Jaquan Yulee died Tuesday night in a car crash at the age of 24, police confirmed Wednesday, per Sarah Fearing of WAVY.com.

Police in Suffolk, Virginia, said emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash at 7:10 p.m. ET and discovered a car had flipped onto its roof. Yulee was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person in the vehicle.

Marshall released a statement Wednesday saying the Chesapeake, Virginia, native "will be missed by so many in the Thundering Herd":

Marshall Football @HerdFB

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. <a href="https://t.co/ccnMotdOes">pic.twitter.com/ccnMotdOes</a>

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

Coming out of high school, Yulee was a 4-star recruit and the third-best player in the state of Virginia, with offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida and Michigan among others, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

The 6'4" defender redshirted as a true freshman and then made 26 appearances for the Thundering Herd between 2017 and 2018. He worked his way onto the starting unit ahead of the 2019 season but suffered a spinal injury in the season opener that left him paralyzed for two days, per Fearing, and required surgery.

According to Fearing, Marshall had declared him medically ineligible, but Yulee announced in August 2020 he was entering the transfer portal with an eye toward returning to the field for the 2021 season.