LAGRANGE, Ga. — Former Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen and the driver involved in a fatal crash were both legally intoxicated, according to the Georgia State Patrol’s toxicology report released Wednesday.
The report shows that Lutzenkirchen had a blood alcohol level of 0.377 at the time of the one-vehicle crash in Troup County on June 30. The 23-year-old was a passenger in the car when it ran off the road and overturned at about 3 a.m.
The report also indicated that driver Joseph Ian Davis, who was also killed, had a blood alcohol level of 0.17. He was 22.
The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.
The Chevrolet Tahoe ran a stop sign near LaGrange. Two other passengers, Christian Case and Elizabeth Craig, were injured and transported to West Georgia Health Systems in LaGrange.
Lutzenkirchen and Craig were both ejected from the SUV while Davis was partially ejected.
Several thousand people attended a public memorial for Lutzenkirchen at his alma matter Lassiter High School’s stadium in Marietta, Georgia.
The fan favorite played for Auburn from 2009 to 2012 and set a school record for tight ends with 14 touchdown catches. Lutzenkirchen’s biggest reception was for the game-winning touchdown against Alabama during the 2010 national championship season.
Washington QB apologizes
SEATTLE — Washington quarterback Cyler Miles apologized Wednesday for his involvement in an off-field incident after the Super Bowl that led to his suspension for the Huskies’ season opener at Hawaii.
Miles was investigated for his role in a Super Bowl night fight that included former teammate Damore’ea Stringfellow, who was dismissed from the program. Miles was suspended for spring practice. He was reinstated to the team after not being charged by prosecutors.
Miles apologized reading a prepared statement after practice, then said the suspension for the opener by coach Chris Petersen was a fair punishment.
Either redshirt freshman Troy Williams or sophomore Jeff Lindquist will likely be the starter to open the season on Aug. 30.
Nova named Rutgers starter
PISACATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said Wednesday that senior Gary Nova will start at quarterback for the Scarlet Knights.
After 28 straight starts, Nova was benched for the last three games last season in favor of senior Chas Dodd. Nova was erratic last season, throwing for 2,159 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 54.5 percent of his passes.
Lewis gets prison time
DALLAS — Texas A&M’s all-time leading rusher is likely headed to prison after pleading guilty to federal charges related to armed robberies.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that 45-year-old Darren Lewis agreed to spend between 25 and 30 years behind bars. The record-setting running back known as “Tank” pleaded guilty in April to charges related to the 2012 robberies of DeSoto businesses.
Lewis rushed for 5,012 yards while at Texas A&M from 1987-1990 and led the Aggies in rushing for three straight seasons. He was drafted in 1991 by the Chicago Bears.
Wolfpack RB reinstated
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren reinstated junior running back Shadrach Thornton following an indefinite suspension.
The suspension came in December after authorities cited Thornton for misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police had visited an apartment he shared with teammates in a sexual battery investigation, with a probable cause affidavit for a search warrant listing Thornton as the suspect.
Thornton was last year’s leading rusher with 768 yards.
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