Nick Pasquale, who had recently played in his first game for UCLA's football team, was fatally struck by a vehicle as he walked in a residential area of San Clemente early Sunday morning.
Pasquale was a walk-on receiver, who was playing second season with the Bruins. He made the first appearance of his career in a 58-20 victory over Nevada on Aug. 31.
Pasquale, 20, was walking in San Clemente when two cars approached. One car avoided him, but the other could not.
"The driver called in the accident and waited at the scene," said Lt. Gary Strachan, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "No one was arrested."
Strachan said deputies were investigating why Pasquale was in the street.
"This is a tragic loss," UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. "Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family."