September 28, 2015

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Eastern Kentucky has announced that freshman defensive lineman Joey Kraemer died in a single-car accident over the weekend.

Kentucky State Police were notified around 8 a.m. Sunday of the crash on Tates Creek Road west of Richmond. A police statement said Kraemer, 19, died when his car went off the road and struck a tree.

Kraemer redshirted last season at UTEP before transferring to EKU. The 6-3, 245-pound native of Kettering, Ohio, was eligible but had not played for the Colonels (2-1).

EKU athletic director Steve Lochmueller said in a statement Monday that though Kraemer's time at EKU was short, ''I'm sure the impact he made on his fellow students, teammates, coaches and professors will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.''

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