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.

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