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Football careers over for two Cincy players injured in crash that killed teammate

Two Cincinnati football players who were passengers in the car crash that killed Bearcats offensive lineman Ben Flick in September won’t play again.

Per Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, head coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday that the playing careers of wide receivers Mark Barr and Javon Harrison are over, but the players will remain on scholarship.

Both players were severely injured in the September 21 single-car crash that killed 19-year-old Flick and the driver, 18-year-old Sean VanDyne, a student at Miami (Ohio) who had been best friends with Flick since elementary school. The group of four was driving back from the Cincinnati-Miami (Ohio) football game in Oxford when the car ran off the road. The three players were redshirting and did not dress or travel with the team to the game.

Barr was held in the intensive care unit for a month after the accident, and then was released in October. Harrison was released from the hospital in the days following the crash. Harrison had reportedly returned to the practice field during the spring, while Barr continued his rehabilitation process.

Barr, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a three-star recruit who committed to the Bearcats in 2013 over other offers from Boston College, Indiana, Mississippi State and others. Harrison was also a three-star recruit. The Dayton, Ohio native picked Cincy over offers from Air Force, Boston College, Ohio and Toledo.

In addition to Barr and Harrison, Tuberville also announced that the careers of defensive backs Marcus Foster and Drake Bruns were also over due to injury. Foster and Bruns, both three-star recruits in the 2012 class, will also remain on scholarship.

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