Kevin Ellison, a three-year starter at safety at USC, has died, according to multiple sources. He was 31.
The cause of death has not been announced.
Ellison, who played at Redondo High School, made 174 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for loss at USC. He deflected 18 passes with five interceptions.
He briefly played for the San Diego Chargers and Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League.
He was arrested in 2012 on federal arson charges in Spokane after telling investigators he set his bed ablaze with a marijuana-filled cigar because “God” told him to do it. During his 13-game stint with the Chargers, Ellison was arrested for suspected possession of a controlled substance. Police reportedly found more than 100 Vicodin pills in his vehicle.
Funeral services are pending.