Belcher’s former head coach, Jack Cosgrove, described Belcher as a “tremendous student-athlete.”
“His move to the NFL was in keeping with his dreams,” Cosgrove said in the statement. “This is an indescribably horrible tragedy. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Jovan, [girlfriend] Kasandra [Perkins] and their families.”
In his four seasons with the University of Maine, Belcher recorded 293 tackles and 18 sacks.