By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss offensive lineman Park Stevens was killed in a car wreck Wednesday afternoon.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed Stevens’ death on Twitter shortly after 8 p.m.
Later Freeze issued a statement through the school’s media relations staff.
“Our team is hurting tonight with the loss of Park,” he said. “He was a tremendous young man that was loved by his teammates and coaches, and Rebel Nation will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens’ family, his frirends, our team and all those he touched during his life.”
Other Ole Miss players and staff grieved for Stevens on Twitter.
Center Evan Swindall wrote, “Lost one of my best friends today. Please pray for the Stevens family. Miss you already buddy.”
Strength coach Paul Jackson wrote, “R.I.P. Big Park” and included the hashtag #EverybodyPleaseDriveSafe.
A native of Columbus, Stevens, a sophomore, played at New Hope High School and East Central Community College before arriving at Ole Miss.
He went through spring drills as a back-up offensive tackle.