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UC Remembers Freshman Football Player Killed in Crash

CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- Before kickoff at tonight's Bearcats game there was a somber moment. 

This is the first home game since u-c freshman football player ben flick died in a car accident.  Local 12 News reporter Angenette Levy tells how the University paused to remember.

Friday night the UC Bearcats ran onto the field to take on temple, but there was some sadness here since the team's missing a player.

Just about everywhere you looked you could see the number 77, that was Ben Flick's number.

Elise Rohr, a UC cheerleader said, We always stress one team at Cincinnati. Its ingrained in our minds that we are one team. Theres 20 something teams but we are one team. It affected everybody."

Ben Flick's family stood on the sidelines at the game wearing t-shirts marked with number 77 as a video showing their son played on the big screen.

Then a moment of silence.

The loss has been devastating for the family and difficult for the football team.

Mick Cronin, the UC basketball coach said, I can't even imagine what the Flick family has gone through but I think the University did a great job with the tribute tonight.  It was a heartwarming tribute, a moment of silence, hopefully we'll be able to do something again when we open up our first basketball game as well.

Ben Flick's family didn't want to talk on camera tonight, it's been an incredibly difficult time. 

Two other UC players were hurt in the crash.  Javon Harrison, was treated and a hospital and later released.  Local 12 is told Mark Barr is still in the ICU.

Ben Flick's friend, Sean Van Dyne, was driving the night of the crash.  Van Dyne died a few days later.  Officials have said speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

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