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Former Trojan, Jeremy Elder, dead at 25

Published 9:57pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Former Troy defensive lineman Jeremy Elder died from an apparent heart attack at age 25 on Wednesday.

Elder, who was a member of Nick Saban’s first signing class in 2007 at Alabama, reshirted in his only season in Tuscaloosa.

After a transferring to Georgia Military College, Elder had his 2008 campaign cut short after suffering a dislocated right ankle.

He would spent the next two seasons at Troy and would play in six games as a senior in 2011.

Elder, a College Park, Ga., native, graduated from Troy in December with a bachelor’s degree in social science.

Tony Davis, a teammate of Elder’s at Troy, has fond memories of his friend.

“We’ve done so much together, it was always a story or a memory every time I was around him. He definitely had a gift from God to naturally put a smile on your face with his personality,” Davis said. “He was a great friend and teammate. He’ll be truly missed by his family and his extended Troy family as well.”

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