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UWA mourns loss of football player in car crash

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LIVINGSTON, AL (WSFA) -

The University of West Alabama in Livingston is mourning the loss of one of its players.

Red-shirt freshman Anthony Robinson died, along with a child, Sunday in a two-car wreck near his hometown of Linden. Robinson was 19.

Today, Robinson's teammates on the gridiron held practice 4 days before the first game of the season. At first glance practice seemed usual but head coach Will Hall the team is hurting.

"Anthony was one of those people who always had a smile. A great attitude and attacked whatever it is you asked him to do whether it was the classroom or the weight room," said Hall.

Troopers aren't sure what caused Robinson's Chevy blazer to collide with another vehicle but Hall is certain the university and the team lost a good one. Robinson's 12-year old cousin also died in the wreck.

"We know his family is hurting as well and the sad thing you can't do anything about it," said Hall.

A three time All-State Selection in high school, Robinson signed with the Tigers in February. He was only 5'9" and weighed 155 pounds but fast. Coach Hall says Robinson was being groomed to be the team's starting punt returner next year. Robinson played quarterback in high school.

Robinson's position coach remembers a young man who was polite and very coachable.

"Anthony was athletic and always said 'yes, sir and no, sir,' said Coy Campbell who also recruited Robinson.

The smile, the speed and the can-do attitude Anthony Robinson left a lasting impression without playing a single down.

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