Former UCF running back Otis Anderson Jr. was shot and killed at his parents’ home
in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday evening, and his father has been charged in his
death, The heartbreaking news of his death sent shockwaves across to his former
teammates, coaches, and those who knew him best in his Central and North Florida
According to a partially redacted arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s
The fight started after the former running back’s father was bit by a dog belonging to
Anderson Jr. got into a verbal fight with his 52-year-old father, and his mother urged
him to go back upstairs. Anderson’s father and mother then began arguing and the
senior Anderson flipped over a recliner, causing Anderson to come back downstairs to
check on his mother’s well-being, according to the arrest report.
Anderson Jr. then began arguing with his father. The part of the report describing
the shooting was blacked out, but it said Anderson Jr. had a gunshot wound to his
chest and back. Anderson’s mother, Denise, was treated for graze wounds at a
hospital, the report said.
Anderson’s father is facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-
degree murder, according to the sheriff’s office.
It was not immediately known if the father had a lawyer who could comment for him.
Anderson Jr. played for UCF from 2017 to 2020 and had 3,708 all-purpose yards and
27 touchdowns, the eighth-highest in the school’s record books.
In a tweet, University of Tennessee head football coach Josh Heupel, who coached
Anderson Jr. at UCF said he was ‘saddened and stunned by his death.
‘Tough and gritty, fun and full of laughter, he made such a positive impact on our
university, community, and our locker room,’ Heupel said. ‘He was an unbelievable
‘We have now confirmed and are devastated to hear of the passing of Otis Anderson
Jr.,’ UCF said in a statement.
‘He was revered by his teammates, our fans, and everyone within Knight Nation.
Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loved Otis. He was taken too soon
and will truly be missed.’