Two Covington High School graduates and one current student died early Sunday morning when the car they were riding in crashed while being pursued by police.

T.J. Smith, 21, was the third-leading rusher in Covington football history with 4,096 yards and 50 touchdowns, which ranks fourth all-time. His 16-year-old brother, Tyronzen Smith, would have been a senior at Covington High School next year. Tre’veon Davis, 22, also died in the crash. He graduated from Covington with T.J. Smith in 2017.

The driver of the car, 19-year-old Covington graduate Jeremy Grant, was injured in the crash.


According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 2008 Infinity G35 was being pursued by the Dyersburg Police Department at 1:16 a.m. while heading south on Highway 51 when it crashed at Dillion Drive in Dyersburg. The car exited the right side of the road, spun around, struck a concrete culvert and overturned.

Nobody was wearing a seatbelt and everyone except Grant was ejected from the vehicle.

The Smith brothers were the sons of Toby Smith, a standout running back at Covington in the mid-1990s.

From left, T.J. Smith, Tyronzen Smith and Tre’veon Davis died Sunday morning in a car crash in Dyersburg.


Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland