Troy University football player killed in motorcycle crash

Published: Apr. 30, 2016 at 9:39 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2016 at 10:57 PM CDT
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GULF SHORES, AL (WSFA) - A Troy University football player was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning in Gulf Shores.

Nathan Harris, 19, was traveling on a motorcycle and involved in a crash with a truck around 8:50 a.m. on Fort Morgan Road at Council Lane, according to Lt. Bill Cowan with the Gulf Shores Police Department.

Harris, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead on the scene. Cowan said investigators are looking into the speed of the motorcycle as a possible factor.

Harris joined the Trojans football team as a walk-on during the spring semester and worked his way up to the starting holder, according to a statement from Troy Athletics.

"This is an unthinkable tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of the Troy Athletics Department and the Troy University community are with Nathan's family and friends," Troy Athletics Director Jeremy McClain said. "It is devastating to see a young life end in such a heartbreaking way, and we will provide support and comfort for his teammates, friends and coaches as they go through the grieving process."

Before going to Troy, Harris was a football star and starting quarterback at Gulf Shores High School.

Former Gulf Shores Coach Ben Blackmon told WALA-TV  Harris "was an amazing young man, one of a kind. He sought the Lord in everything he did. Everyday he woke up and read his Bible...He had an impact on so many people."

Troy football head coach Neal Brown also spoke about Harris' impact on others.

"Nate was a tremendous person and a very caring young man," Brown said. "While his time here at Troy University was brief, his impact was felt by many. He was loved by his teammates and had a positive effect on our team's culture in a short time."

Harris' teammates at Troy reacted to his death on social media Saturday.

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