JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Marshall defensive end Johnathan Goddard died early Sunday after a motorcycle accident in northern Florida.
Goddard's motorcycle went off the shoulder of a road at a high rate of speed and overturned about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in Clay County, Fla. He was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.
"This is a terrible loss for our football family and our thoughts and prayers are with the Goddard family," Marshall coach Mark Snyder said.
Goddard was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and an Associated Press second team all-American in 2004, when he led the nation with 16 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. He also was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player.
Goddard was selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL draft. He played briefly for the Indianapolis Colts and the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush.