JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Marshall defensive end Johnathan Goddard died early Sunday after a motorcycle accident in northern Florida.
Goddard's motorcycle went off the shoulder of a road at a high rate of speed and overturned about 7:40 p.m. Saturday in Clay County, Fla., Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said Sunday. Goddard, a resident of Starke, was pronounced dead about 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.
"This is a terrible loss for our football family and our thoughts and prayers are with the Goddard family," Marshall coach Mark Snyder said.
Goddard was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and an Associated Press second team all-American in 2004, when he led the nation with 16 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. He also was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player