Former UM defensive back JoJo Nicolas dies day after car crash

JoJo Nicolas, center, spent part of training camp in 2012 with the New York Giants.

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A day after getting into an early-morning car crash, former University of Miami defensive back JoJo Nicolas died Wednesday at 5 p.m.

His brother, Abner Davis, made the announcement.

Nicolas rear-ended his gray Lexus into the back of a tractor trailer just after 5 a.m. Tuesday while it was stopped at a light. His car was underneath it on the westbound lanes of MacArthur causeway, shutting down traffic.

Nicolas, who would’ve turned 25 on March 3, was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he remained in critical condition.

The 6-1, 200 pounder played 47 games for the Hurricanes from 2007-11, recording 112 tackles (4.5 for a loss), a fumble recovery for a touchdown and three interceptions. In 2011, he won the Melching Leadership Award.

"The entire University of Miami family mourns the loss of JoJo Nicolas who passed away earlier this evening," Miami athletics director Blake James said in a release. "JoJo was a valued member of our community, our school and our football program, and his loss is devastating to everyone he touched. On behalf of the University, I send our condolences and thoughts and prayers to JoJo’s family, friends and teammates. He will forever be a part of The U."

"The University of Miami community has suffered a deep loss, with the passing of JoJo Nicolas," head coach Al Golden said in a release. "For all of us who were fortunate to know JoJo — to coach him, teach him, play alongside him or simply to befriend him — we will forever carry his memory with us. Our prayers go out to his family and his loved ones, and he will always be a cherished member of our family."

After going undrafted in 2012, the New York Giants signed Nicolas to a free-agent contract with an invitation to training camp. He did not play in the NFL.

Teammates of his while at UM, including fellow defensive back and current Kansas City Chief DeMarcus Van Dyke, reacted on Twitter.

So did current Miami players.

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