Head-to-head collision kills ex-football player

Former USF safety Javan Camon died Monday after a hit during the fourth quarter of a Daytona Beach Thunder indoor football game.He was 25.

According to the preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday, Camon died of a broken neck recieved during the game.

According to a Daytona Beach News-Journal article, Camon, in his first season with the Thunder, made a clean block on Columbus Lions receiver Juval Winston, went down and was non-responsive. The two players collided with each other at full force. Attempts were made on the field to resuscitate Camon, who went into cardiac arrest, but he was later taken to Halifax Medical Center in critical condition.

The game was delayed nearly 20 minutes as Camon appeared to be unconscious and paramedics had to assist his breathing.

At USF, Camon was most notable for becoming a hard-hitting player in the 2004 season and he and teammate Mike Jenkins collided with former Tennessee Tech receiver Drew Hixon. Hixon suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left in a drug-induced coma for two months.

Camon lead the team with 101 total tackles in 11 games in 2004, his only season as a starter in which he became a co-captain. Coach Jim Leavitt, who is still dealing with running back Keeley Dorsey’s sudden death on Jan. 17, remembers Camon for his passion for the game and life.

“My heart aches for Javon and his family,” Leavitt said in a statement. “I thought an awful lot of Javon. He had a great spirit and a great energy, and he was always fun to be around. Javon did a great job for us at South Florida both as a player and as a leader. The fact that he was elected as a team captain shows how much his teammates respected him. He will be missed tremendously by everyone who has ever known him.”