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Ex-OU safety Brandon Everage drowns in river

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm •  Published: May 28, 2011

Former Oklahoma All-American safety Brandon Everage, one of the hardest hitters of the Bob Stoops era, passed away this weekend while swimming in a river with friends.

According to Sheriff David Greene of the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, Everage, 30, drowned in the Little River about 80 miles northeast of Austin.

Authorities received a call late Friday about a possible drowning and commenced a widespread search into the night. Everage’s friends told police he had been swimming, went under water, but never resurfaced.

Everage’s body was finally found by a dive team about 10:50 a.m. Saturday, and he was immediately pronounced dead. His body has been sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Everage, a native of Granger, Texas, played safety at OU from 1999-2003. He was a member of the 2000 national championship team and earned All-American honors 2002

Everage’s unexpected death caps what’s been a tragic couple of weeks for the Sooner community. On Friday, friends and family gathered in Enid for the funeral of 22-year-old Austin Box, who passed away May 19 after being found unresponsive at a friend’s home.


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