Former Florida CB Atkins found dead

Jul 5, 2007 - 7:45 PM PORT ORANGE, Florida (Ticker) -- Former University of Florida cornerback Avery Atkins has been found dead at his home in Port Orange, Florida. He was 20 years old.

Atkins was found inside his car, parked in the garage of the house. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that police are treating the death as suspicious.

"We are investigating it as a suspicious death," Port Orange Sgt. Wayne Dorman told the Sentinel. "In an abundance of caution, we're looking at all angles. It doesn't appear anyone else is involved at this point."

Atkins was an All-American high school player at Mainland High School and was the highlight of Florida coach Urban Meyer's first recruiting class for the Gators.

He was released from his scholarship in June 2006 after becoming unhappy at the school.

"We are saddened to hear the news regarding Avery," Meyer said in a statement. "We share our grief with the Atkins' family and those close to them."

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