By Monica Land
OXFORD – The Old Miss Rebels “are hurting” head coach Hugh Freeze said after one of their own was killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon.
Park Coleman Stevens was killed on impact when his truck hit the back of a semi that was crossing a four-lane highway in Chickasaw County, Miss.
Although he was not immediately identified, Cpl. Chris Turnipseed told the Mississippi Daily Journal that “the driver of the pickup was killed upon impact.”
“Our team is hurting with the loss of Park,” Freeze said. “He was a tremendous young man that was loved by his teammates and coaches, and Rebel Nation will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens’ family, his friends, our team and all those he touched during his life.”
The 20-year-old 6 foot 6, 351 pound Stevens joined the Rebels as a walk-on this spring after two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., where he was reshirted in 2011 and started at right guard in 2012.
Stevens played offensive line for the first time as a senior at New Hope High School in Columbus and helped the team reach the second round of the 5A state playoffs. He participated in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl and the Mississippi-Louisiana All-Star game following his senior season.
Stevens spent his sophomore and junior seasons at Oak Hill Academy and started at defensive tackle.
On their website, Ole Miss said funeral services for Stevens will be on Saturday, July 6, at Mt. Vernon Church in Columbus. Stevens’ Rebel teammates and coaches will serve as honorary pallbearers.