KEYPORT, N.J. -- Former Syracuse wide receiver J.J. Bedle,
who starred here in high school, was found dead at his family's
home in town, police said.
Bedle, 21, was found Friday morning by a family member,
according to police, who did not suspect foul play. Results of
toxicology tests to determine cause of death were not expected for
several weeks, police Capt. Tom Mitchell said.
Bedle starred as a wide receiver for Keyport High School,
leading a 2002 team in his junior year that went undefeated and won
the New Jersey state championship.
Bedle enrolled at Syracuse in 2004 and redshirted that year. He
played sparingly in the first eight games of 2005 as a receiver and
punt returner, making three receptions for 28 yards and returning
seven punts for 28 yards. He also played one game as a walk-on for
the men's basketball team in the 2005-06 season.
Bedle was suspended in spring of 2006 by Orange head football
coach Greg Robinson for "conduct detrimental to the team" and did
not participate in the annual spring scrimmage. He transferred to
Delaware State this past fall but broke his collarbone during the
first game of the season and never quite recovered physically,
according to his brother, Tyrone Bedle.