Ex-Austin Peay footballer Jeremy Maze dies of cancer at 21

May 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

DYERSVILLE, Tenn., May 11 (UPI) -- Former Austin Peay State University defensive end Jeremy Maze has died after a battle with nasopharyngeal cancer, the school announced Saturday. He was 21.

Maze, of Dyersville, Tenn., made the squad in 2010 as walk-on following a high school career as a linebacker and tight end.

He was diagnosed with cancer after being redshirted as a freshman and never ended up playing a game with the Governors.

He continued his criminal justice major studies online while dealing with the disease, the school's athletics department said in a release.

Nasopharyngeal cancer is a disease of the nasopharynx, which is the air passageway at the upper part of the throat behind the nose.

He is survived by his parents, Chrystal Maze and Dennis Young.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: Austin Peay
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Steve Kerr takes leave from Golden State Warriors for back rehab
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp avoids jail in plea deal
Report: Miami Marlins interview Bo Porter for manager's job
Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler practices, might return in Week 4 from hamstring injury