CINCINNATI — A freshman offensive lineman for Cincinnati was killed and two freshman receivers were injured in a one-vehicle accident following the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio on Saturday night in nearby Oxford.
Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred south of Oxford.
Receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr and the driver of the vehicle — whose identity has not been released — were listed in critical condition. Harrison was in stable condition.
The three players are redshirting and didn't dress for the game or travel with the team. They were returning from Oxford.
''I can't put into words how tragic this is,'' coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. ''As a father and a coach, it's something you hope you never have to go through.
''Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and university. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. "
The Bearcats have a bye week following their win in Oxford.
''Our hearts go out to all the families involved,'' athletics director Whit Babcock said. ''We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes.''