‘Tremendous loss:’ Former UCF football star Otis Anderson Jr. killed in shooting

University Christian School in Jacksonville confirms death of standout athlete

Central Florida's Otis Anderson (2) returns a punt for a long touchdown against Pittsburgh during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) (Keith Srakocic, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Former University of Central Florida football player Otis Anderson Jr. died Monday night in his hometown of Jacksonville, his high school confirmed.

University Christian School in Jacksonville, where Anderson was a student before attending UCF, said the school “is suffering a tremendous loss.”

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News 6 partner WJXT-TV reports that Anderson, 23, was killed in a double shooting around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

A man named Otis Lee Anderson, 52, was arrested on a murder charge in connection with the double shooting that also left a woman hospitalized. Investigators termed the shooting as a domestic incident and added that they don’t believe anyone else was involved.

Property records show the home where the shooting occurred is owned by an Otis Anderson.

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) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Anderson Jr. played running back for University Christian High School and UCF, where he ranks No. 2 all-time in yards per carry average. He finished his UCF career with 2,182 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Anderson also recorded nine receiving touchdowns.

Anderson Jr. spent time with the Los Angeles Rams but was later cut from the team’s practice squad.

UCF athletic director Terry Mohajir, former UCF head coach Josh Heupel and several former UCF teammates tweeted about Anderson’s death.

Editor’s Note: Neither Anderson is connected to Ottis Anderson, the MVP of Super Bowl XXV in 1991 when playing with the New York Giants who played college football at the University of Miami.