Terrence Harvey, a cornerback at Brigham Young, was killed in a highway accident, three weeks after arriving at the school.
Harvey and two teammates were traveling northbound at about 90 mph in a Nissan Pathfinder when a Ford Probe merged onto the freeway in front of their car. The driver, Tony Fields, switched to the left lane to avoid colliding with the merging car and lost control, said Lt. Verdi White II of the Highway Patrol.
The car rolled several times, ejecting Harvey, the front seat passenger. Harvey was the only one not wearing a seat belt, White said. Teammates Fields and Roderick Foreman suffered minor injuries.
"We don't believe alcohol was a factor, but haven't ruled out that prescription medication may have been a factor," White said.
Harvey made his first appearance in the starting lineup Saturday at left cornerback in BYU's 19-16 overtime victory over Southern Methodist.
In other college football news: James Knight, the referee who suffered a heart attack during the Virginia-North Carolina football game last weekend, was upgraded to fair condition.