Former IU receiver Camion Patrick arrested on Tennessee homicide charge

By Mary Shown and Mike Miller

Former IU wide receiver Camion Patrick is being held at the Monroe County Jail on a preliminary homicide charge out of Blount County, Tennessee.

He was arrested on a warrant Wednesday morning by Indiana University Police.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Patrick and his brother Isaiah S. Wright, 20, are each charged with one count of criminal homicide in the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Thomas Radford.

Patrick, 22, is originally from the Knoxville, Tenn. area and committed to play football at Tennessee as a high school prospect. He never joined the Volunteers’ program, however, taking a junior college detour through East Mississippi Community College, where he and Wright were featured on the Netflix documentary Last Chance U.

Patrick caught 42 passes for 631 yards with a team-best 12 touchdowns for East Mississippi’s 2014 national championship squad and signed a National Letter of Intent to join IU’s program in February 2015.

Academics kept Patrick off the field for the Hoosiers during the 2015 season, but he demonstrated his potential behind the scenes and earned offensive scout team player of the year honors as a receiver and running back. With former Indiana running back Jordan Howard on a path toward the NFL, the Hoosiers moved Patrick to running back full-time late in 2015, prompting high praise from then-IU coach Kevin Wilson.

“The best player on the football team is Camion Patrick,” Wilson said after Indiana’s 2015 win at Purdue. “You haven’t seen him yet. He’s really good.”

Patrick’s debut on the field was further delayed by an ACL injury suffered during spring practice in 2016. He recovered in time to appear in 10 of IU’s final 11 games of the season, primarily occupying a receiver’s role to lessen the wear and tear on his knee.

He caught six passes for 154 yards and a 40-yard touchdown, while also carrying the ball four times for 10 yards and a score. But Patrick also suffered a shoulder injury late in the 2016 season that prevented him from returning to the team at full strength this season.

On July 24, Indiana announced that Patrick had been granted a medical hardship waiver, which ended his playing career but allowed him to remain at IU on scholarship.

“His shoulder wasn’t healing right,” IU coach Tom Allen said in July. “He didn’t practice all spring. I really think he played about a week the previous spring. I really haven’t seen him much. Really liked him as a young man. I really feel bad for him. We just had to come to the conclusion that his body let him down and wasn’t able to do it, to play that position and the pounding it was going to take to play. Disappointed for him, for sure.”

Patrick was suspended from IU Wednesday after he was arrested, which is standard procedure for students charged with a serious felony, according to IU spokesman Ryan Piurek.

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