Grandson, former son-in-law of Bobby Bowden killed in wreck

Posted: September 07, 2004

A grandson and a former son-in-law of Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden were killed when their car was hit by a utility truck that was helping to restore power outages caused by Hurricane Frances in Florida.

John Allen Madden, a 45-year-old former Florida State lineman who played under Bowden, and his 15-year-old son, Bowden Madden, were killed instantly Sunday when the passenger side of their car hit the front of the truck, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Mills said yesterday.

Mills said the Bowden family had been informed of the deaths.

John Madden and Bowden's daughter Ginger divorced in January after 22 years of marriage.

The driver of the truck, Danny Headley, was not injured.

In other college football news:

* LSU coach Nick Saban said he is unsure whether Marcus Randall or JaMarcus Russell will start against Arkansas State on Saturday. Both struggled in the No. 6 Tigers' 22-21 victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

* Ryan Moats rushed for 257 yards, including three touchdowns, as Louisiana Tech beat Nevada, 38-21, in Ruston, La.

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