PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) -Former Florida and Bethune-Cookman football player Avery Atkins was found dead in his car in the garage of his aunt's home Thursday in what police called a suspicious death.
The 20-year-old player could not be revived by paramedics, Port Orange police Sgt. Wayne Dorman said. Authorities would not release further details, and Dorman did not elaborate on why police consider this suspicious. An autopsy will be performed.
Atkins was a freshman cornerback on the 2005 Gators and was projected to start on the 2006 squad, the eventual national champion. He was released from his scholarship last summer by Florida coach Urban Meyer because of a domestic battery charge against him.
He joined Bethune-Cookman as a transfer and played in three games in 2006 before being released from his scholarship.
``We are saddened to hear the news regarding Avery,'' Florida coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. ``We share our grief with the Atkins' family and those close to them.''
Atkins attempted to rejoin the Gators this spring, re-enrolling at Florida while paying his own way. Meyer said at the time that wasn't enough to allow his return.
Atkins was arrested Monday and charged with possession of crack cocaine. He also was arrested in June when Daytona Beach police said they found him with cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon. He was charged in May with felony aggravated battery.
Last year, Atkins was charged twice with domestic battery on the mother of his child. He entered a deferred prosecution in both cases.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

NCAAF Headlines

  • PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) The Whitman County coroner has concluded Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
    Coroner Peter Martin says Thursday...
  • (STATS) - Northern Colorado will face a strong nonconference schedule with the goal of being improved in the Big Sky next season.
    All three of the Bears' opening opponents are coming off a win...
  • (STATS) - ETSU continues to add future FBS opponents, announcing a Nov. 19, 2022 matchup at North Carolina on Thursday.
    The first-ever meeting between the two programs will be held at Kenan Me...
  • (STATS) - Northern Colorado will face a strong nonconference schedule with the goal of being improved in the Big Sky next season.
    All three of the Bears' opening opponents are coming off a win...
  • NEW ORLEANS (AP) Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield has been named the 2017 Manning Award winner after a season in which he passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns.
    Mayfield is the first Sooner and f...

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail 2019 College Football Title Odds After winning their fifth national championship in the Nick Saban era, the Alabama Crimson Tide are once again favored to win it all next...
Thumbnail Alabama Beats Georgia, Fails to Cover In what turned out to be a national championship game for the ages, the Alabama Crimson Tide won for the fifth time under Nick Saban but did not cash for...
Thumbnail Alabama vs. Georgia Prediction Will the Alabama Crimson Tide cover as a small favorite tonight when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National...
Thumbnail Bama vs. Georgia Over/Under Total Will Monday night’s college football national championship game fall under the betting total when Alabama takes on Georgia at 8:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Money Pouring in on 'Bama We're still hours away from kickoff of the college football national championship game between Alabama and Georgia but as of this writing, money continues to pour in on the...

NCAAF Team Pages