EKU football player killed in Sunday auto crash

He transferred to EKU from the University of Texas El Paso where he redshirted as a freshman last season.


Kentucky State Police said they believed the crash occurred either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, but the cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Eastern Kentucky defensive lineman Joseph Kraemer was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being involved in a vehicle accident in Madison County, Kentucky. Stoops said, “Hearing about that tragedy, it is sad for all of us. We pray that God will give strength to Joey’s family during their time of mourning”, EKU coach Dean Hood said in a statement. He was considered a 3-star defensive end by 247Sports coming out of high school, starring at Archbishop Alter in Dayton, Ohio. He was eligible to play at Eastern Kentucky, but had not appeared in any games. “While his time at EKU was short, I’m sure the impact he made on his fellow students, teammates, coaches and professors will live on”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kraemer, his family and EKU family.


School counselors and members of the school’s theology department were available for students on Monday. “That looks classless and looks sloppy and we will not play that way”, he said. “I told him before he left it’s going to be a much different culture down there”. “I think this can be a very good situation and a good rivalry”.

Joseph Kraemer