Ex-Arlington Sam Houston player killed in Abilene accident

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A Hardin-Simmons University receiver and former Arlington Sam Houston High School player was killed early Sunday when he has hit by a vehicle as he walked along a street in Abilene, police said.

Hardin-Simmons senior Taylor Huff was walking on Ambler Avenue in Abilene before dawn when he was hit from behind by the vehicle, Abilene police Sgt. Will Ford said Sunday evening.

Huff was alone at the time and died at the scene, police said.

“It’s a dark roadway and there are no sidewalks,” Ford said. “He [Huff] was wearing dark clothing at the time.”

The motorist, who told Abilene police that he never saw Huff, stopped immediately after the accident, Ford said. No charges are expected to be filed, he said.

The accident occurred about 4:30 a.m.

Huff was a senior on the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys team, where he played receiver, according to the university website. He played in eight games this season for the Cowboys and had three catches for 34 yards. He played in 19 games in his career.

“We were saddened to learn of Taylor Huff’s death,” Hardin-Simmons University President Dr. Lanny Hall said Sunday on the school’s website. “We are praying for God to comfort his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Huff was an exercise science major, according to the Hardin-Simmons website.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Taylor’s family,” Cowboys head coach Jesse Burleson said on the university website. “He was a great young man that had overcome some real adversity in his life to get where he was. He was extremely unselfish and caring. We are so proud he is a part of our program. It is a sad day to be a Cowboy, we are hurting but we will get through this together.”

The Cowboys team met Sunday afternoon to announce the tragic news to players who had not heard and to offer support.

“The athletic department sends our thoughts and prayers to Taylor’s family and friends as they deal with today’s events,” Hardin-Simmons athletics director John Neese said on the school’s website. “Taylor had a positive presence on our campus and one that will be missed.”

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