Los Angeles Rams mourn death of University Christian, UCF football star Otis Anderson Jr.

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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and the franchise is mourning the death of Jacksonville native Otis Anderson Jr., who died in a domestic shooting Monday night.

Anderson's father, Otis Lee Anderson Sr., was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder of his wife, Denise Anderson.

Anderson was a former standout running back at University Christian before excelling at the University of Central Florida.

Anderson played for the Knights from 2017 to 2020, including the program's perfect 13-0 season in 2017. He finished eighth in school history in all-purpose yards with 3,708 and was eighth in touchdowns with 27 and second in yards per carry with 6.1.

Los Angeles Rams running back Otis Anderson warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Los Angeles Rams running back Otis Anderson warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

In June, the Rams signed Anderson as an undrafted free agent, but they released him from their practice squad in September.

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''Just being around him, he had just such a bright smile,” McVay said to reporters Wednesday. “He was always so engaged, had a good look in his eye. He was just such a joy to be around. Such a shame. ... It was great to be able to be around him.

''Terribly sorry for him and all the people affected by that, they’re in our thoughts and prayers, but loved being around Otis and he was a real joy to be around.”

The Rams, who play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, issued a statement on Twitter that they were saddened over the tragic and sudden loss of Anderson.

''He was with us in training camp, preseason and started the regular season on our practice squad. He was a promising young man with a bright future. Our sincere condolences are with his family during this very difficult time.''

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey posted on Twitter, ''Rest in Heaven Otis We gotta do better on this earth. Big prayers up.''

Rams defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day wrote, ''Rest in Peace O.''

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Otis Anderson Jr.: LA Rams mourn death of Jacksonville, UCF player