Davenport University DL EyQuan Cobb killed in drive-by shooting

Davenport University college football player EyQuan Cobb was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday night in Detroit, the school has confirmed. The fourth-year junior defensive lineman was 21 years old.

Cobb, a Detroit native and two-time all-conference pass rusher at the high school level, played along the defensive for each of the past three seasons with 10 career appearances and eight tackles.

“The loss of a student-athlete is always impactful, but the loss of EyQuan Cobb to a tragic and senseless act of gun violence is heartbreaking for our football team, our athletic department and the entire DU campus,” Davenport director of athletics Paul Lowden said in a release. “EyQuan was an example of a student-athlete who was a passionate contributor on the field and in the classroom. He was a player that modeled the attributes of leadership, commitment and hard work within our UK community. We hope that his family, friends and all those affected by his passing will find strength during this extremely challenging time.”

Cobb was majoring in sports management.

“Words cannot express the pain felt right now,” Davenport coach Sparky McEwen said. “The Davenport football family is heartbroken to hear the news of our teammate and brother EyQuan. He was a light who always had a smile on his face. He was a hardworking student-athlete focused on graduation and success on the field. He was a committed teammate, a loyal friend, and a loving son and brother. He will be greatly missed by many.”

Davenport has not released details on the shooting, but McEwen mentioned a “senseless act of violence” on Twitter just days before his player’s 22nd birthday.

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Many of Cobb’s teammates expressed their condolences on social media after his death.

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