Tazewell County Virginia

Richlands, Marshall football player dies at 25

RICHLANDS, VA (WVNS) -- A former Marshall football player from Richlands, Virginia has passed away, according to Marshall University. 

The university posted on social media that former running back Devon Johnson has died. Johnson was a standout running back for the Thundering Heard from 2012 to 2015. In high school, he played for the Richlands Blue Tornadoes and after college, went on to be a part of the Carolina Panthers organization. 

Marshall Head Coach Doc Holliday released a statement saying, "I am shocked and saddened at the news of Devon Johnson's passing. Devon was a force in our program, both literally and figuratively. Whether on the field or off, his impact was immeasurable and he will be missed by so many at Marshall. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family." 

Johnson was 25-year-old when he died. No word on the cause of his death at this time. 

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