Former Syracuse wide receiver Bedle found dead
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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