Former Ohio State Linebacker De’van Bogard, 27, Dies in Apartment Fire

By Dan Hope on October 12, 2021 at 2:56 pm
De’van Bogard
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

A member of Ohio State's 2014 national championship team died on Tuesday morning.

Former Ohio State linebacker Devan Bogard, who played for the Buckeyes from 2012-14, was killed in an apartment fire in Elyria, Ohio, on Tuesday morning. According to the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, the fire was determined to be accidental.

A product of Cleveland's Glenville High School, Bogard arrived at Ohio State as a four-star recruit but was a victim of terrible injury luck throughout his Buckeye career, as he suffered three straight torn ACLs in 2012, 2013 and 2014, which ultimately ended his football career before the 2015 season.

Bogard, who was the first freshman of the entire Urban Meyer era to lose his black stripe, saw regular playing time on special teams when he was healthy and recorded 13 total tackles over three seasons.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2016, Bogard went on to become a football coach at Elyria High School.

Many of Bogard's former teammates and others from Ohio State, including director of player personnel Mark Pantoni and athletic director Gene Smith, took to Twitter on Tuesday to pay tribute to him.

A GoFundMe has been organized by a team rep from the Elyria High School football team to raise funds for his funeral expenses and for future expenses for his son Jaden.

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