NCAA Football

Alabama Football: OT Aaron Douglas Found Dead

| by Alex Groberman

Aaron Douglas, an offensive tackle for the Alabama Crimson Tide was found dead in Fernandina Beach, Fla. on Thursday, ESPN is reporting.

There have been no potential causes of the death offered at this time.

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The 21-year-old Douglas transferred to play for the Crimson Tide after spending last season at Arizona Western College. He began his collegiate football career at Tennessee, where he was a freshman All-American offensive lineman for the Vols in 2009.

After Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin famously spurred the school for a post at USC following the 2009 season, Douglas opted not to participate in spring practices. For whatever reason, he did not feel like he wanted to play under Derek Dooley’s regime, and chose to remove himself from the Knoxville area.

Upon leaving Tennessee, Douglas reportedly admitted to suffering from depression.

In a statement, Alabama head coach Nick Saban offered these thoughts:

"It is a tragedy anytime you lose someone close to you and even more so when it is a member of your family. Aaron was a part of our family and always will be a part of our family at Alabama. He was an outstanding young man and we were excited about what he had accomplished as a player and a person in the short time he was with us.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, David and Karla, who are two of the best people you will ever meet and the love they had for their son was something very special. As a father, there is nothing we can say to describe the loss of a son. Our Alabama family has sustained a tragic loss and the Alabama family is grieving that loss. We will be here to support Aaron's family in any way we can."