Nov. 17, 2006
Earlier today, former UCLA cornerback Marcus Cassell passed away due to injuries sustained in an early-morning traffic accident in Santa Monica, his parents, Clyde and Joletta Cassel, announced this afternoon.
Cassel, who was on the injured reserve list of the Carolina Panthers, was involved in a one-vehicle accident in Santa Monica at approximately 5:15 am this morning. He was transported by Santa Monica Fire Department emergency personnel to the emergency room of the UCLA Medical Center. Marcus passed away shortly after 9:30 am with his parents at his side.
Cassel, 23, played cornerback for the Bruins from 2002-2005 after redshirting in 2001. He started all 12 games as a senior, helping the Bruins to a record of 10-2. He earned his degree this past March.
"This is a tragic loss for Marcus' family and our football program," said UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell. "No words can express the sorrow we feel at his passing.
"Marcus was a terrific, young man who was one of the most well-liked players in our program. He had a great smile and a wonderful personality and he combined them with a determination to be the best.
"As a senior last year, his leadership and performance was a key factor in our success on the field. He was still close to many of the players on this year's team and this news has been tough on them.
"Our prayers are with Marcus and his family."
Services for Marcus Cassel are pending.
Marcus Cassel started all 12 games for the Bruins in 2005