Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy confirmed Tuesday morning that senior defensive back Vernon Grant had been killed in an automobile accident. The accident occurred Monday night.
"This is a terrible loss for everyone associated with Oklahoma State University and the football family," Gundy said. "Vernon Grant was a terrific young man who had an infectious smile and a positive approach to everything he did. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and teammates."
Grant was born November 27, 1983. He is the son of Vernon Grant, Sr., of Duncanville, Texas. His mother, Vanessa, passed away last August. He came to OSU as a true freshman in 2002 and was a three-year starter for the Cowboys on defense.
"OSU has lost one of its finest student ambassadors," said Harry Birdwell, Director of Athletics. "Vernon Grant's smile could light up a room and his enthusiasm made him a great and dependable teammate. The irony of this is that it was Vernon Grant who taught us all the importance of inner strength and faith in time of personal tragedy."